Bible Verses about Codependency

Read the following verses that are helpful to memorize while you are in the process of healing from codependency.


What does the Lord say about making people like gods, putting them before my relationship with Him?

     “You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)


Can the Son of God set you free from a codependent relationship?

     “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)


Doesn’t God want me to trust in and depend on the strength of significant people?

     “This is what the LORD says: ‘Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.’” (Jeremiah 17:5)


How do I forgive whatever grievances I have toward someone who drains me emotionally?

     “Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” (Colossians 3:13)


Am I to put my trust in the Lord or put my confidence in people?

     “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him.” (Jeremiah 17:7)


Don’t I need someone to depend on to be my rock of strength, my refuge?

     “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” (Psalm 62:7)


When someone pretends to need help, should I insist that he carry his own load?

     “Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.” (Galatians 6:4–5)


Is there something wrong with seeking to please men in order to win their approval?

     “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.” (Galatians 1:10)


Can God give me strength to break away from a codependent relationship?

     “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13)


Why should I cast my anxiety on the Lord when I’m trying to become more independent?

     “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

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June Hunt

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