Today’s post I want to answer the question: “How do you combat the love of money?”
This is part two of looking at the Bible for answer. See Part 1 here. Whereas last week we focused on the means to “put off” the love of money here in part two will then look at what we “put on” instead in place of the love of money.
So here’s what we “put on” which is part of our repentance:
- Seek contentment with what you already have: “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have;” (Hebrews 13:5a)
- The opposite of loving money is being content with what you have; this should be our goal if we are to be free from the love of money.
- What shall we be content with? Paul said “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8)
- Think about it for those of us in the first world: We already have enough things to be content!
- Trust in God’s promises that He’s always there to be there for you: “for He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”” (Hebrews 13:5b)
- This second half of the verse gives us the reason for why we should seek contentment in light of the conjunction “for.”
- The reason we should be content is because of God Himself: “for He Himself”
- The issue becomes a “God” and a personal issue: Will you trust God’s promises? He has declared “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,”
- Obtain Godliness: “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
- The context of this verse is the contrast of what one should seek instead of greed.
- Note the motivation is that godliness “is a means of great gain.”
- Give Generously: “One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed.” (Proverbs 19:17)
- The opposite of gathering more wealth is giving it away.
- Christian giving has the motivation that God will reward Christian charity!