What Does it Mean to Take Advantage of Someone?

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“For this is the will of God, your sanctification:that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.” 1 Thessalonians 4:3-6

Men take advantage of women by touching, caressing, and suggestive talk. Women take advantage of men by eye language, suggestive manner of dress, and flirting. Eventually such behavior can lead to sexual sin, a lack of genuine love, and even hatred for the other person. If we are a believer, acting in this way ultimately destroys God’s reputation.

Through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit, we can learn to control our own bodies and view others as individuals of great value in the eyes of God. We can relate to them with holiness and honor. We are to live in the truth and never wrong or take advantage of another.

If you are a woman and believer in Jesus Christ, you should treat every older man as you would your father. You should treat everyone around your age as your brother. Every younger boy you should treat as your son. If you are married, only your husband is your husband and is the only man available to you on the entire planet.

If you are a man and believer in Jesus Christ, you should treat every older woman as you would your mother. You should treat everyone around your age as your sister. Every younger girl you should treat as your daughter. If you are married, only your wife is your wife and is the only woman available to you on the entire planet.

“Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity.”
I Timothy 5:1-2

Dear Jesus, Make us aware of our responsibility toward each other and keep us from willful sin. May we guard Your holy reputation and name. Amen

From One-Minute Devotions for Couples by Bob and Cheryl Moeller
Cheryl Moeller is a Christian author and blogger. Married for 33 ½ years to Robert, they have 6 children, 1 daughter-in-law, and 1 very handsome grandson. Visit her blogs: MomLaughs, WritingMentor, and For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries.

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About Cheryl Moeller

Cheryl Moeller has been married to her best friend Bob for 30 years. They are the parents of six children, one son-in-law, and three lively dogs. She uses her over-the-counter-top stand up comedy at women's groups and retreats, prays like it's her full-time job, writes a syndicated humor column, blogs about life with lots of kids at www.momlaughs.blogspot.com, and authors books such as Keep Courting: 100 Ways to Keep Courting After Marriage (purchase on their website) and Marriage Miracle (Harvest House 2010). Bob and Cheryl's passion is to connect two hearts for a lifetime. They have co-founded For Better For Worse For Keeps Ministries www.bobandcherylmoeller.com.

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