Bible verses about taking advantage of someone
People love taking advantage of Christians. We’ve all been used and it never feels good. Scripture teaches us to help others and people use this to freeload off of us. There are some friends who are not even friends at all, but just use you for things.
Do we let them use us? We have to use discernment. While the Bible does say to give, it also says if a man doesn’t work he doesn’t eat. So let’s say you have a friend who always asks you to lend him some money.
If you have it give it, but if that person refuses to get a job and keeps asking don’t keep giving especially if giving can harm you financially. If you keep giving he will never learn responsibility.
We are not to be people pleasers. Let’s say someone needs a place to stay and you let them in your home. They say they’re going to find a job or leave soon, but 4 months later neither happens and they choose to be lazy.
There comes a point when you have to tell someone no you have to get a job or make an effort. Once again we have to use discernment when giving and helping others.
One time I was at 7 11 and I was buying this homeless man some food and I asked him would he like anything else? He said can you buy me some cigarettes. He tried to take advantage of my kindness, but I kindly said no.
People need food, people need financial help, but people don’t need cigarettes, which is sinful. Don’t allow anyone to manipulate you to help them buy something they don’t need like a cooler phone, better car, etc.
The Lord gives wisdom. The best way to find out what to do in your situation is to pray to God and ask him for guidance and help.
The more you have to offer the more you have to watch out for people using you.
1. Proverbs 19:4 Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbour.
2. Proverbs 14:20 A poor person is disliked even by his neighbors, but those who love the rich are many.
People who use you will be found out.
3. Proverbs 10:9 He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.
4. Luke 8:17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all.
Use discernment in your giving.
5. Matthew 10:16 “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.
6. Philippians 1:9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
7. 2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we would give you this command:(If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat).
8. Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
9. Proverbs 19:15 Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.
Does this mean I don’t have to give to my enemies? No, if you have it give it.
10. Luke 6:35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Sadly there are some people who slander others while still taking advantage of them, do not repay evil for evil.
11. Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written, “Vengeance belongs to me. I will pay them back, declares the Lord.”
12. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Ask God for wisdom on what to do.
13. James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.
14. Proverbs 4:5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them.
15. James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.