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1 Timothy 6:9-11

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. 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. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

 

Herein is an often misquoted passage of scripture. The bible does not say that money is the root of all evil. The bible says that they love of money is the root of all evil. If God has blessed you with money and the ability to make money there certainly is nothing wrong with that but rather something to be grateful for and a good steward of. The problem comes when we love money. The first commandment is, “I am the LORD thy God”, Exodus 20:2. When we love money we violate the first commandment and that money becomes our God and leads us and guides us instead of the LORD our God.

 

If we are truly a person of God and He is the LORD our God we will follow after Him and Him alone. How do we describe the LORD? The LORD our God is righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience and meekness. If we are truly following after the LORD and not the gods and idols of this world we will see the fruits of righteousness, godliness, faith, love patience and meekness in our life. Then the LORD will be ruling over the things He has blessed us with in life and those things will not be ruling over us.

 

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