The Bible does not say "Money is the root of all evil." It says:
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil…" 1 Timothy 6:10.
Have you ever bought something and are so excited about it. Then you open a magazine see they've got a newer mode and are envious? Discontentment comes when we make comparisons. Discontentment can make a rich person poor, and contentment can make a poor person rich. One of the things that Jesus is essentially trying to teach us is this: The richest are not those who have the most, but those who need the least.
In fact, all you have to do is go to another part of the world where people have so much less than what we have. When you look around and see these Christians in developing nations with nothing: dirt floors, no electricity, no hot water, no toilets that work. These people that have nothing that we take for granted, and yet they have joy, peace, and assurance. It reaffirms in us that, the richest are not those who have the most. The richest would be those who need the least. Discontentment can make a rich person poor, and contentment can make a poor person rich.
"But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. ." 1 Timothy 6:6-7
The Apostle Paul is saying we brought nothing into this world, and we're going to take nothing out. We need to recognize that if we have food, and clothing, and shelter ... If we have the basic needs, we can be content with that, because godliness with contentment is great gain.
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