The Love Of Money Is The Root Of Evil–Not Money!

Love Of Money

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Do you have the love of money? You may think “no,” but keep reading to find out the truth. Paul enlightens us about this fixation in 1 Timothy 6:9-11. Usually misunderstood, this article sheds light on those verses, revealing the truth about what Paul was saying.

 

Don’t Be Possessed By The Love Of Money

1 Timothy 6:9-11. 9. “But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11. But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.”

Before Paul tells us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and gentleness, he warns that we must first flee loving money. You have to be willing to flee the wrong things before you can pursue the right things. This is because you cannot go in two directions at once.

If you center upon money and pursuing it with all of your heart before more Godly pursuits, this means that you have made obtaining riches, and the gaining of wealth and the achievement of success the most important priorities in your life. This includes putting God aside instead of first in your life. Actually, without loving money and with the love of God first, we will have money without having to make it our center and reason for living.

You may be thinking, “Well, that’s great for some people, but that doesn’t apply to me. I don’t have much money.”

You need to understand that you can be possessed with the love of money and not have a dime in your pocket. All of us are subject to such a temptation and such a trap. And, having little money can actually make a person think about it all the time over those things which are most important in life.

If you overestimate your ability to be free from this type of a temptation, or you underestimate the power of this type of a temptation, you are setting yourself up for disaster. As a Christian keep your mind on God’s ability to set you free financially and you’ll take action to do the things which will not only bring you more money, but they will deepen your relationship with Christ.

Flee the wrong pursuits and follow Christ by staying on course with God. If you do, you’ll be avoiding the love of money. And remember, it’s not wrong to have money, just to love it! Put God first, and you will never think of money more highly than you aught.

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