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11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, 12 training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age, 13 waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Saviour Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Our society’s take these days is that boundaries are B-A-D! We’re in the age of “freedom”, where you can be anything, do anything, have anything and go anywhere. “Self-control” is a dirty word.
Yet we are told to live lives of wisdom, (Eph 5:8-20), while we are waiting in the world for all the broken creation and boundaries to be put right again. This includes saying “No” to the ways of the world, choosing not to be governed by our passions but instead selflessly loving our fellow believers (Titus 2:11-14, Heb 5:13-15). Not because we WILL be saved if we live this way, but because we ARE saved.
Practically, this can look like setting wise boundaries. Not making up a set of rules, but an individual, thoughtfully considered plan for actions and responses. I know, for example that I am terrible at praying and reading the bible, so I’ve got app blockers on my phone to stop me from wasting time on social media when I first wake up. I’m prone to jealously and greed, so I don’t read magazines or watch house reno shows. Social media and tv shows are not necessarily sinful, but they are things that I need to be wise about and set a boundary around.
What are the areas that you’re typically prone to acting in worldly or uncontrolled ways? Do you have boundaries around them? Who could help you think it through?
Pray today for yourself and your Christian brothers and sisters around you, that we may be self controlled, upright and godly people, zealous for good works.