Sometimes our identities get twisted in with people in our lives—their successes and failures or their acceptance or rejection of us without us even realizing it. But it’s a false identity and has a great cost. We step out from living under the truth and freedom of our true identities—dearly loved sons and daughters of the King. Anxiety, worry, and stress become our companions and we compare ourselves or blame others for not meeting our expectations.
Healthy boundaries, placed within a relationship, keep our true identities intact and move us toward connection with one another. It can be confusing. When is it appropriate to help? When is helping really enabling bad behavior? What is our responsibility and what is not? God’s roadmap, the Bible, has guidelines to help us out—for these questions matter. The answers help us and as those around us live in our true identities.