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Boundaries of love

Reading through the first 6 chapters of Genesis, I start seeing all those huge numbers of years and wonder what on earth did they do with that time. There HAS to be some amazing stories that develop in that amount of time.

Then, I realize that there really is such a thing as too much time. The more time we have, the more opportunity there is for boredom to creep in. Once boredom creeps in, it’s only a matter of time before trouble starts. That’s exactly what God noticed too because we read:

Then the Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3 NIV)

This wasn’t the first boundary, but it was definitely the most limiting of them so far. If we really read into this verse, we see that God placed this boundary for our own good.

How amazing is it to think that the God of the universe would choose to limit our days in order that we may experience life with Him fully, but not long enough for it to go sour? Only love would set limits like that. No matter how painful these limits are to set, love sets them for the other person’s good.

We must learn how to say yes when it’s important to. However, more importantly, we need to say no. More often, it’s the no’s in our lives that are crucial, vital, life-changing.

The question we must ask: are there things we need to say no to, that our no’s may lead to bigger yes’s down the line?

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