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Spiritually Speaking

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Spiritually Speaking

By Pearl Harper

 

Love of money, not good   I heard a sermon recently that made me start searching some scriptures, to bring the thought more into perspective. The scriptures brought more or our existing world economic problems to light. In I Timothy 6:10, Paul wrote to Timothy, “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.” The key here is the love money, not money itself, I believe many are entrusted with money to do good works. I wouldn’t even try to mention all the problems in existence right now because so many are seeking after great gain. Makes me think of Matthew 16:26, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Verse 27 says, “For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then he shall reward every man according to his works.” In the preceding verses I Timothy 6:6-9, we read more information leading up to verse 10, about money. “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 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.” In verse 11 it was as it Paul was telling Timothy to escape from these things because it puts your life in danger, speaking concerning what the love of money can do to you. “But thou, O man of God, flee these things, and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession: that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Read James chapters 4 and 5, James never minced words or beat around the bush so to speak, I am just writing this in part. He discusses buying and selling and getting gain, then he mentions how fast it can disappear. He reminds us to ask God if our decisions are in His will. We are not to rejoice in our boastings. He who knows to do good and does it not, to him it is sin. In verse 5 there is a warning to the rich. “Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you. Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver is cankered. These strong words aren’t mine. They are words from God’s word to enlighten us. We are reminded, we brought nothing into this world, we will leave with the same. God Bless.