One thing I know for sure is anything used outside of its purpose is abuse.
One of the definitions of abuse reads as below:
the improper use of something.
If you take a knife and turn a screw you have abused that knife. If you are designed to be a wife and you are settling for being a girlfriend, that is abuse. If you know God has called you to serve him and you use your gift to serve man, that is abuse.
As Christians we are not called to be perfect, that’s impossible and I’m not naive enough to believe that there is a perfect person but I do believe we are called to act out of love and kindness, to act out of peace and joy, to provide the exact same grace we would expect. Sometimes life gets crazy and we get caught up in situations and allow the trials of life to start being our reality when we should seek guidance from God and rest in his peace. Sounds easy huh, it’s the hardest thing you will ever do, trusting something you can’t see, you can’t feel but believing anyway. It’s hard but not impossible.
“Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.”
John 14:1 ERV
“Do all you can to live a peaceful life. Mind your own business, and earn your own living, as we told you before. If you do these things, then those who are not believers will respect the way you live. And you will not have to depend on others for what you need.”
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 ERV