Boundaries in a Shifting Culture

 "Should you not fear me?" declares the Lord.  "Should you not tremble in my presence?  I made the sand a boundary for the sea; an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.  The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.”
Jeremiah 5:22

Lord, boundaries that you provide are good, they are appropriate,  they are necessary, and they protect us.  The sand provides ‘an everlasting barrier’ for the ocean and the beauty of that balance is remarkable.  But there are seasons when that design becomes fragmented and boundaries are overtaken.  When that happens, the devastation is ruthless.  The damage caused can be unimaginable.

Lord, moral boundaries and behavioral boundaries, established by you to protect us, can also be ignored: either out of ignorance or from a rebellious heart.  At other times, people victimize us when their disregard of boundaries invades our space.  In each instance, the carnage is real. Sometimes, evident to everyone, at other times, the destruction is under the radar.

Lord, offense is common to all of us.  And so is fear.  When offense comes we have a choice to make.  We can take the bait, swallow the poison, and become offended.  Or we can release the offense and forgive the offender.  The boundary of ‘offense’ when crossed creates chaos in our lives.  Forgiveness is Your way of restoring us and reestablishing boundaries in our lives.  Fear likewise dismantles us from the inside out.  Fear crushes the boundary of faith and believes a deception.  Jesus, give us faith to trust what You say about us is true We repent of embracing a lie... lies about you and about us.

And Lord, why is sexual sin so commonplace?  I don’t even recognize where the boundaries used to be… the lines appear blurred and the wreckage is everywhere.  We are unprepared as a culture for the battle waged against us and thus your purpose for our lives becomes disfigured, reflecting dysfunction and weariness instead of wholeness.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for discarding the boundaries You’ve established in our lives: for our good, for our protection, for Your glory.  Thank You for loving us without compromise and for taking the shame we often carry.  Right now, in Your powerful name, we close the door of offense, fear and sexual sin.  Heal us Lord, and reestablish Your joy and peace inside our souls.  In the name of Jesus, amen.

Terry Crigger

Terry is a husband to Cindy, dad to Ashley and Haley (and Austin), and papa to Rya, Sophia, and Stella. He has served as the Senior Pastor of Christ's Chapel for over 25 years.