One of the most commonly misquoted verses of the Bible is, "Money is the root of all evil. That is not what the Bible says,
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…" 1 Timothy 6:10.
This is what Jesus has to say about money.
“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money” Matthew 6:24
Notice Jesus didn't say you can't serve both God and power, or both God and popularity, or both God and sexuality, or whatever. He said, "You cannot serve both God and MONEY." This is because, for many people, money will be the number one competitor for their heart. Love of money itself can be the very thing that distracts you from having the true riches that God wants to give you. Listen again to what Jesus says:
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” Luke 12:15.
The Bible does not teach us that money is the root of all evil. But Jesus himself warns us to watch out for greed.
Tomorrow we will look at what the Bible has to say is the secret to being content.
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