About Love of Money
1 Timothy 6: 9-11 9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Many people avoid the teachings of Jesus because they believe that all religions are man made concoctions that help the rich to become richer and the poor to stay poor. “Religion is the opiate of the masses” they say as they go about their greedy ways. Then there are those preachers who attract followers with the “gospel of prosperity.” They preach that Jesus had monetary wealth and wants everybody to have all the material things they want. Both extremes are lies.
What the Bible teaches is made clear in today’s verses. The Bible does not say that money is evil. It says the love of money is the root of all evil. The term “love of money” means avarice. Avarice means extreme greed or all an consuming desire for material gain. If a desire is all consuming, then you are driven by it and will do everything within your power to get it.
Avarice is one of the seven deadly sins, and rightly so: When you are consumed with a desire for material gain and will do all within your power to get it, you will lie, cheat, steal, develop evil schemes, murder, rape, plunder, etc. The person who loves money will do all these things, regardless of consequences to others or even themselves. But above all they do so without regard to the will of God. As today’s verses state: “they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
Riches are dangerous. Love of money is to be avoided because the Bible says it causes you to drown in destruction and perdition. This is a fate beyond horror. The remedy to love of money is to flee the things that tempt you to love money above God, yourself and your fellow man. We are to flee the trap of avarice and “follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.” Those who follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness don’t have room in their hearts to love money too.
How is your relationship with money today? Does your life show evidence of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness? Does it show evidence of avarice? Make a list to have an inventory of your actions within the past week to see which side you are on: God or money? Remember:
Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Go in peace and serve God will all your might!
avarice. (n.d.). Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Retrieved July 11, 2012 from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avarice?show=0&t=1287542478
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