One of my favorite pranks i used to do was to put a rubber band around the sprayer on the sink. When my roommates turned on the faucet, they got sprayed. i thought it was hilarious, but one of my buddies was really perturbed by this. After a few months of pranks, i finally realized how much pranks irked him, so i quit doing them to him because he was my friend. I valued his relationship far more than doing pranks. It also prevented me from accidentally spraying myself any more. ;)
Ever feel like your boundaries have been crossed? When respect and love exist in a relationship, we respect each other’s boundaries for the sake of the desire to be together (or at least get along w/e/o), whether it be between acquaintances, neighbors, parents, friends, or spouses. However, it is not the love of the boundaries that binds a relationship together; it is the desire of the relationship that leads us to keep the boundaries.
Jesus said, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” In Leviticus 19, God tells us to be holy because He is holy, and then gives a huge list of laws for two chapters. However, the point is not that we obey these laws in order to earn a relationship with God. He simply informs us what it is that He is not willing to put up with in a relationship with Him. We do similar things with our friends and family.
We never see Jesus violating personal boundaries except those that prevented people from knowing God the Father, and we should follow His example. Don’t seek to follow religious expectations as if you are going to be rewarded by it—you won’t. God is not moved by “spiritual romance.” Instead, seek to love Christ and know Him, and it will be far easier to live righteously because of your desire to be in relationship with Him.
Leviticus 19:1-2—Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy...’”