For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts,
according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:3-8 NIV)
Fitting in or Belonging?
• Fitting In: being accepted for being like everyone else
• Belonging: being accepted for you
We truly belong when we let go of who we think we should be
and live as we truly are.
Constructing Healthy Boundaries
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:9-12 NIV)
The relational culture you are in is a direct result of the following:
1. What you have done
2. What you have not done
3. What you have allowed
Boundaries: Protect us emotionally, physically, and communicate what we need from others.