One of the most commonly misquoted verses of the Bible is this. So many people say, "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. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” 1 Timothy 6:10.
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil." Then Paul tells Timothy, "Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
Love of money can be a root of all types of evil.
When we hear this, it sounds like money is bad. We have to recognize that having money is not bad. But the love of money is more dangerous than we can even get our minds around.
The Problem : Materialism.
We live in a materialistic society where our media driven culture measures you by how much we have. We keep score by what kind of car we drive, what kind of home we live in. What labels we wear. There's a lie that you see on T.V. that misquotes what the American dream is. -- Life, Liberty, and the PURCHASE of happiness. The lie is, IF I can just possess a certain thing, THEN I'll be happy. If that were true, obviously the people with the most stuff would be the most happy, but that's just not true, is it? You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give. Every time you give, every time you are generous, every time you resist having more, it breaks the grip of materialism.
This week we will be looking at the problem, the process and the solution of overcoming materialism and learning to be content.
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