Boundaries don’t create distance—they define how to walk closely in unity together.

Joshua 18:11-12
“The lot of the tribe of the people of Benjamin according to its clans came up, and the territory allotted to it fell between the people of Judah and the people of Joseph. On the north side their boundary began at the Jordan. Then the boundary goes up to the shoulder north of Jericho, then up through the hill country westward, and it ends at the wilderness of Beth-aven.
God wanted to give the Israelites an inheritance to be a blessing–but boundaries were necessary. Without boundaries, the blessing would have turned to bedlam. Without boundaries, the blessing would have led to conflict and disunity. The boundary didn’t create disunity or distance between the tribes–instead it defined how they were going to walk in unity together.
Just because God initiates a thing, or gives a thing, doesn’t mean that it will flow along perfectly with no opportunity for conflict. We are imperfect people, and can allow even the blessings of God to become a curse if we don’t use Holy Spirit wisdom. Healthy boundaries may not ‘look’ holy at first glance to some people…but the reality is that they are pleasing to God, and one of the ways we can fulfill Christ’s prayer for unity in his church. Healthy boundaries don’t create distance between healthy people–rather, they allow for closer unity without conflict.
This week, I need to seek God’s guidance to create and enforce healthy boundaries in my life–so that I and those around me could enjoy the fulness of God’s blessings in our lives.
God, thank you for the wisdom that I find in your word! Help me to walk in unity this week with those around me, employing healthy boundaries so your blessings would never become a curse in my life.

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