God defines and takes responsibility for his Boundaries and made us in His image and expects us to also have boundaries. He tells us who He IS and who He is NOT ... He IS love and is NOT darkness. We are to define our boundaries too. He confronts sin and does not allow evil into His home, Heaven. He allows, in fact demands consequences for sin and we must also.
We have natural boundaries of 1.our skin which holds in our good and keeps out the bad of infections etc. **Those who have suffered sexual abuse have had their skin intruded upon and have trouble defining boundaries in later life.
2. Word..let your yes be YES and your no be NO [Matt 5:37 and james 5:12] Do not give in reluctantly or to compulsion [2 Cor 9:7] Learn to say no and enjoy the fruit of the spirit "Self control". Learn to say 'I like this...' ; 'I hate this...' ; 'I like it when...' ; 'I will not allow...'.
3.Truth/honesty we walk in liberty/freedom when we seek God's principles.
4.Geographic distance ... separate from the evil and create and stay in safe place
5.Time ...Eccl 3 to everything there is a season
6. Emotional distance ... keep the safe area until there is "fruit of repentance" [Luk 3:8]
7.Other people ...sometimes our fence is made of other people, our support system, who provide healthy relationships and teach or give guidance.
8.Consequences also form a protective boundary of waiting for offender to change their behaviour or suffer the loss of relationship. 2Thes3:10 If he will not work, he will not eat. Consequences define the the seriousness of an offence and the depth of our respect for ourself. ... next section is about what is within our boundaries.
Sharing some of my favorite artists is a goal for this season of my blogs...Robert Duncan paints so many pastoral scenes including various members of his family...many of them have fences, gate, walls, paths...all symbols I find in the Boundaries book. This painting has a dominate fence/gate in the background defining farm from yard/garden and yet the boundaries I see being taught are the love of family, the teaching about the unborn child under that apron loved by mother and big sister or is she learning that mother's love is big enough to stretch beyond the boundaries of skin and bulk and will come a time when big sister can hold that baby in love and in family unity. This artist is prolific in tender scenes of all six children, the dogs, the home, farm, church, some fantasy Christmas ones and some history Native American scenes. Enjoy.