Something that indicates a limit.
What does it look like to live without limits, without restrictions? I don't know.
Countries have boundaries.
Parents have boundaries.
Employers have boundaries.
Relationships have boundaries.
Boundaries are not bad; in fact, limits can most definitely be our friends.
But, does love have boundaries?
It's a question I ponder quite a bit. After all, Jesus intentionally condensed the extensive law to two commands:
1) Love God with heart, mind, soul, and strength.
2) Love your neighbor as yourself.
Yourself. But, who are you? A creation of the Creator. The Creator, who by definition, is love. The Creator who wouldn't let sin stand in the way of relationship with his most beloved creation; therefore, He bridged the gap Himself.
Loving neighbors, though? Once you understand who your neighbors are (friends and enemies), this command takes on a new spin. To love another is to make a decision. A decision to treat them with honor, dignity, and respect because they, too, are image bearers of the Creator. Love in this case is most definitely an action verb. It's tangible. Real. Difficult. Messy.
Getting everyone to agree on an issue in this day and time would be akin to gathering a million 5-year-olds in a room and asking them to partake in a minute of complete silence. Never. going. to. happen.
That's okay, though. You can love someone without agreeing with them. You can even accept someone without agreeing with them.
I know, I know. But how?
Pray. Pray for guidance. Be honest. Be this honest:
You commanded me to love. I don't know how to love this person. Help me.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.