The love of money is one of the main problems of humanity that only promotes selfishness and greed. In this article we are going to see what it is and what the Bible says about it to guide us in our life.
Love of money according to the Bible
There are many kinds of love in the world and, in the end, they all come together in the love of God who can do all things and is above all things. However, the love of money is not a real love.
Money is an important issue for society and, of course, the Bible also talks about it and shows us what attitude we should adopt in order not to fall into greed and forget the Lord.
Today we will talk about this, about the love of money according to the Bible and other topics related to money, always with an eye on biblical passages to find the answers to our questions.
You may not have known it, but money is the most talked about topic in the entire Bible. The most talked about topic in the entire Bible even more than life and death or other topics that concern humans in their daily lives.
In the Bible there are more than 2300 verses talking about money or related things. To give you an idea, there are less than 500 on faith, so the topic of money is the most discussed by far.
This is not surprising if we take into account the problem that humanity has with money being the motor of almost all activities instead of love and the Word of God. This is why Paul writes in First 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.” (1 Timothy 6:10 NKJV1960)
What is most difficult about all this is that often not even religious institutions themselves are able to break away from this tendency. It is a problem shared and that must be fought among all of us with God’s help.
The following video clearly discusses what the Bible says about what the Bible says about money sometimes with a self-critical attitude that will make you reflect. We recommend you watch it, it only takes 15 minutes!
Is money bad according to the Bible?
The answer to the question that gives title to this section is a resounding no. In fact, money is a God-given tool to facilitate trade and commerce on Earth.
However, not all is good. Like all technological advances, money has its positive and negative sides. But this negative side is not because of money per se, but because of the sinful nature of human beings.
Is it the money’s fault or the people’s fault that there are corrupt people? Is it the money’s fault or the people’s fault that debtors are extorted? And so we could go on at length and at length acknowledging in each question that money is not the problem.
This helps us understand why the Bible talks so much about money. The Lord wants us to learn to use wisely this valuable resource he has given us and knows how much trouble it can cause in the wrong hands.
Thus, money is not evil according to the Bible. We are the people who on countless occasions make it the goal of our lives. As Christians, the center of life should be God and teach this knowledge to others.
Verses about money in the Bible
There are discrepancies about how to interpret what the Bible says about lending money, although the most accepted interpretation by Christians today is that one should lend money without expecting anything in return.
To put this in context, you should think about interest-bearing loans. In many cases, the lender makes the loan for the purpose of their own benefit. The company is enriched by the interest when the loan is repaid.
The Bible is categorical in this regard and makes it very clear in the first part of Ezekiel 18:8. We leave it below:
“who will not lend at interest, nor take usury; who will draw back his hand from wickedness”.
(Ezekiel 18:8a NKJV1960)
However, the prohibition of lending money is contradictory to the command of Jesus who, as we can read from his own words, invites us to give to our neighbor without expecting anything in return.
“So love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing from them; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” (Luke 6:3 NKJV1960)
With this, Jesus makes clear his position on money: loans should be made for the benefit of the recipient. Benefit the one who receives it and not to enrich the giver.
In conclusion, do not hesitate to make loans to those who need them, but always from Christian love and without expecting anything in return, much less extra interest that goes against the Word of God.
So far, we have seen how the Bible teaches us what things to avoid doing with money, but does it also teach us how to act with it? how to act with it?
Yes, of course! Now we will show you some verses that speak about ownership and money management that will shed light on your doubts and help you to have a healthier life with respect to this subject.
“But remember the LORD thy God, for he giveth thee power to get wealth, to establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.” (Deuteronomy 8:18 NKJV1960)
As you can see, something important in your relationship with money is that you must always remember that it is the Lord who gives it to you. it is the Lord who gives it to you through your efforts. Thank God we can have the money and make good use of it.
“My God will supply all your need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV1960).
The only wealth you should seek in your life is that which comes from God. The Word, prayer and faith are as basic needs as food and drink. Nourish yourself with them and you will have richness of spirit.
“Deal to seven, and even to eight; for thou knowest not the evil that shall come upon the earth.” (Ecclesiastes 11:2 NKJV1960)
Finally, this verse gives you some wise advice on money management. Don’t put all your money into one thing and always spread it out because you never know when something might go wrong. Saving is a very Christian attitude.
And here we come to the end of this article on the love of money and all that the Bible says about money. We hope that with these teachings you will have no more economic problems and live calmly with God.
We say goodbye for today and recommend you to read more articles on other topics on our website!