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4 Biblical Reasons You Need Strong Relationship Boundaries

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Christian Codependency: Four Biblical Reasons You Need Strong Relationship Boundaries

By Karla Downing





If you are struggling with Christian codependency, you probably have weak boundaries. This article will give you four biblical reasons you need strong relationship boundaries.




1) People will know their choices carry consequences. God has established the law of reaping and sowing to teach people that some of their choices aren't good. Galatians 6:7-8 says that if you sow bad things, you will reap bad results; if you sow good things, you will reap good results. When the violation of your boundaries has consequences, people will learn not to make better choices.

2) You will respect yourself, and others will respect you. God wants respect in relationships. He told husbands to respect their wives (1 Peter 3:7), wives to respect their husbands (Ephesians 5:33), children to respect their parents (Leviticus 19:3), and the church to respect elders and pastors (1 Thessalonians 5:12). It is human nature not to respect people who allow themselves to be disrespected. Boundaries help you to respect yourself and thereby increase the respect you receive from others.


3) You won't enable sin. When you have weak boundaries, you enable people to continue doing things that are wrong. While your boundaries cannot force people to make right choices, you can influence them by setting a standard by the behavior you define as good and acceptable. This is the way you bring light into darkness (Ephesians 5:11).
4) You'll live true to your convictions. 
When you live like you know you should, you have integrity and congruity. You feel good about yourself. Boundaries help you live how you believe you should live. When you are doing things or allowing things that you don't feel are right, you feel torn. When your boundaries are congruent with your convictions, you are able to stand before the Lord knowing that you are clean. James 1:22 reminds us that our actions need to match our beliefs.


Overcome your Christian codependency by living how God wants you to live. The Bible supports having strong boundaries. If you have difficulty with your boundaries, let these four reasons help you justify making a change.






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Karla Downing is an author, speaker, and licensed marriage and family therapist. Karla's passion is to help people in the midst of their difficult relationships through Biblical truths and practical tools. Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Karla_Downing Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7186126

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