“The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Buying a House
My wife and I just bought our first house.
Technically, it is not really ours, because we have to pay the bank for buying it for us. That means, for up to 30 years, the bank owns our house.
During that time, the bank owns our money. We have to give to them, or they can take from us our dwelling place! We serve them until the debt is paid.
Banks may have financial superiority over many a homeowner, but there are other ways people control others.
The emotionally weak person will be either controlled by those who are more out of control of their emotions or inadvertently control their relationships out of their need.
The former situation has the person whose emotions are all over the place seeking power over the weaker person. They are rich in emotional intensity that they cannot control, therefore they control someone else.
The latter situation has the emotionally needy person draining others’ time and emotions. In this sense, it can be seen as the one rich in need has control over the person poor of need.
Neither is morally justifiable, but it happens all the time.
We all find ourselves in some emotional or moral need from time to time or for our entire lives.
There is One who is in perfect control of His emotions, and, though completely sovereign, He does not force us to obey Him, but He calls all people to repentance and forgiveness.
God wants us to live godly lives, not lives of manipulation of strong over weak.
Heavenly Father, help us to be good stewards of all that You have entrusted to us: finances, possessions, emotions, and each other. Guide us by the Holy Spirit into all righteousness, and rule over our hearts with Your grace and love.