Drawing the Line Between Helping and Being Taken Advantage Of

It’s wonderful to have a heart that reaches out to help others. God loves it! But, how do you draw the line between helping another and allowing that person to take advantage of your help? The Bible tells us that we must be able to discern wisely. There are certain standards we must consider when it involves our time and money. Yes, we are to help others but never to the point where it becomes harmful. It’s great to do what we can do but stay reminded that “If a man will not work, he shall not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). There are those take no accountability in the way they live; therefore, we must have limits. If you see that someone has a chronic life pattern with what they are doing then we have no business encouraging that. If we do, we are contributing to their lack of effort. As long as someone truly makes an effort to make their life better, we should support them in any way we can. Seek the Lord when it comes to helping others for He will show you what to do. He will give you the discernment to recognize an opportunity versus an distraction. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5 ESV).

-Author Stacy Lynn Montgomery

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