Friday, March 27, 2015

The Love of Money is Evil. The Love of God Makes us Rich

"6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 9But 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. 10For 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." (1 Timothy 6: 6-10)

Looking again at the connections of the Gospel of Grace and prosperity in our body and soul, many believers will refer to the above passage, then argue that we should get used to being poor and barely able to get by.

Let us not forget that Paul wrote to the Corinthians, the most immature church in terms of their new standing and calling in Christ, about how Jesus enriched us:

"For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich." (2 Corinthians 8: 9)

Throughout Paul's epistles, we see how God's grace engaged His people to help prosper other churches:

"25But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. 26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. 27It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things" (Romans 15: 25-27)

and also

"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. 2Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come. 3And when I come, whomsoever ye shall approve by your letters, them will I send to bring your liberality unto Jerusalem. 4And if it be meet that I go also, they shall go with me." (1 Corinthians 16: 1-4)

So, wealth is not an evil thing. The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, yet let us never think that love of God means that we should expect to stay poor. We can know and believe that in His love, He is meeting all our needs in Christ Jesus.

The love of money is evil. The love of God makes us rich.

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