Friday, April 15, 2011

Keep your lives free from the LOVE of money, have no stress

“Godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
If you read the above verse in Hebrews carefully, it does not read, “Keep your lives free from money.” Rather, it reads this way: “Keep your lives free from the love of money” (italics mine). As you have no doubt already figured out from the previous chapter, this is an important distinction! Read also what Paul writes in 1 Timothy:
“But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (1 Timothy 6:8).
This verse does not say God only wants to give us food and clothing. Godliness with contentment is great gain. The fact is this: if we are content with little, we will avoid the pitfalls of the love of money. When God pays us well and gives us wealth we will feel incredibly rich and blessed. The author of Ecclesiastes knew this all too well:
“There was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother. There was no end to his toil, yet his eyes were not content with his wealth. ‘For whom am I toiling,’ he asked, ‘and why am I depriving myself of enjoyment?’ This too is meaningless— a miserable business!” (Ecclesiastes 4:8)
The man described in this story was not content with his wealth. No matter how much money or possessions you might own you will never be truly “rich” without contentment. Like the man described above, we will only want more – and be miserable.

Put all trust in Jesus and be happy with everything because everything in His will He is in total controll.

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