Love of Money

Money is a useful commodity, money is essential to us in our society today. Money is used by us to educate ourselves, feed our families, purchase a home, and buy a car, also for clothing, health care, and other things. To suggest that we do not need money is silly. God has no problem with man providing the needs of life or of man working to gain material things for himself and his family, rather he insists upon man providing sustenance for his family — 1 Timothy 5:8, “But if any provideth not for his own, and specially his own household, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever.” ASV

God understands that we need to have the things of life necessary to sustain us that is not a problem — the problem defined by God that relates to money is “The LOVE of money” (e.g.  1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil: which some reaching after have been led astray from the faith, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” ASV)  The love of money is the inordinate passion for money — the uncontrolled desire followed by implementation of methods to acquire it regardless of the right or wrong of the process.

Christians ought never allow themselves to get caught up in he desire for material things, things which money can buy without examining carefully the method which they are determined to use in getting that desire satisfied. God understands the possibility that we may sin in the process of satisfying a desire (i.e. in this case, “lust”).

The love of money is the root (i.e. first cause) of all kinds of evil.” If we will remember that it is possible for us to want something with too great a passion (i.e. lust), we may be able to control our desire for things that money can purchase. All of us are subject to temptation, all of us are capable of failing in this matter, all of us therefore must be aware of the possibility that we may “LOVE” money too much. In (1 Corinthians 9:27, “but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected.” ASV)  we are given an example by Paul the apostle on how we must be conscious of the passion within us and control our appetite for things.

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