Boundaries: Getcha Some!

Well, it has been recorded. The first full length episode of Mental Health, the Church, and You, has dropped on Spotify

In the first episode, you will find an introduction to boundaries. Why did I choose boundaries for this first topic? Because unclear boundaries, or a lack of boundaries is believed to be at the core of many mental health issues, and also relationship struggles (source).

It is also a topic that can misunderstood among Christians, as it is often believed those who follow Christ should not set boundaries because it shows unforgiveness, is mean, or is not Christ-like at all.

Here are the three things Scripture teaches about boundaries that you will hear more about in this podcast episode:

Boundaries protect us from evil.

As indicated in Proverbs 4:23, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Just as we erect physical fences around our yards to keep bad things out, God directs us to erect a protective shield around our hearts and minds.

It is OK to say “No.”

Jesus warned His followers in Matthew 5:37, “Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.” He was making it clear that we allow people to determine and interpret our boundaries because we tend to be wishy-washy in our answers, especially when asked to do something. We don’t express our desires with definite answers. Just say “yes,” or “no.” “No” is OK, too…

God sets boundaries for us.

God sets limits. He sets borders. He decides what goes in and goes out. Teaches us how to keep evil out and let good in, and does so with love.

Listen to the full episode for more!

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