Money Matters but is Money Evil?
Everybody knows that money matters in every aspect of our lives – but is it evil?
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1 Timothy 6:10 (NKJV)
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.
Does it say that money is evil?
I believe that God’s Word says that the LOVE of money is the root of the evil. It isn’t money that causes people to go astray. The Lord knows that we need money to survive in this world. However, when we begin to love money more than our Creator we begin to go astray.
Is money evil? No.
Never put money before the love you have for God because then you are loving evil and allowing a foothold for evil to come into your life.
Instead, use the money for what it is intended: as an exchange for goods and services.
You will know that you have fallen in love with money when you:
- pursue it above everything else.
- work 7 days a week
- covet material things
- insist on wearing famous label clothing
- spend above your means
- ignore family responsibilities in the name of “earning money”
- don’t share it
- don’t give to charity
If you have been told that you’re greedy and selfish with your money you may have fallen in love with money.
I know what you are thinking, “But I need money. I must work. My job requires that I wear nice clothes. Charities are greedy and won’t use my money properly.”
The excuses go on and on…
I understand all these excuses just as much as you do. The bank wants me to pay the mortgage every month. If the electricity is to stay on I must pay the bill. My kid needs clothes, shoes, and food. She insists on eating every day. Go figure. Trust me when I say that my kid’s food is more expensive than most.
We need these items; that’s not the problem. The problem sets in when we hoard money, become greedy and forget God all in the pursuit of those greenbacks. It is perfectly acceptable to work hard and earn your money.
1 Tim 5:18b, “the laborer is worth his wages.”
It is not okay to put those pursuits above the pursuit of God.
Furthermore, take care of your family. You may be saying that you are doing so by working hard and you are right. However, is that the memory you want your kids to have?
Shouldn’t you pursue happiness above money? Find a balance between making money, paying bills, and spending time with your loved ones. I guarantee you that they would rather have a pair of averagely priced shoes if it meant that they got to spend a day with you.
Okay, so I’m sure I know what some of you are thinking, “I have to work because I can’t pay my bills if I don’t.”
I’m in the same boat. Single mom here, barely making ends meet. I don’t love money but I pursue it. I manage money, spend quality time with my kids, and honor God.
If I can do it; you can do it.
Have you answered the question for yourself? Is money evil?
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