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"Love of money is the root of all evil...but you, man of God, flee from all these" (1 Tim 6:10,11) A young man was boasting before Jesus that he had kept all the commandments of God from his youth, and he asked what he still lacked. Jesus answered him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give it to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven; and come, follow Me" (Mt 19:20,21). But the young man went back saddened. The awfulness of the love of money is rarely preached these days. Jesus referred to this subject so often in His discourses. Apostle John did not mix up his words when he said, "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him" (1 Jn 2:15). While listing the signs of perilous last days, apostle Paul put "love of self" and "love of money" on top (2 Tim 3:1,2). We cannot serve God and gold at the same time. We will either hate the one and love the other, or be loyal to the one and despise the other (Mt 6:24). "Gad," the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel, means "fortune!" We can have either God or Gad, not both! An old saying is that even a corpse will open its mouth if it's for money! It can be true of those who are dead spiritually. They are dead "in" sin. But we are dead "to" sin and the ungodly systems and values of the world. Let's keep our eyes on things Above! (Col 3:1,2). Covetousness is idolatry in the eyes of God (v 5b). How serious and treacherous! The desire to become rich is only natural. But we must overcome it realising its eternal worthlessness (Prov 23:4). "Godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content" (1 Tim 6:6-8). John Wesley said, "To lay up treasure on earth is as plainly forbidden by our Master as adultery and murder!" Love of money chokes the plant of our life and makes it unfruitful (Lk 8:14). If we have more than what we need, it is to be given away to those in need!
In addition to the answer provided above, I want to add that in 1Timothy 6:6-10, we read that Godliness with contentment is great gain. We brought nothing to this world and it is certain that we cannot carry anything out of it. If we have food and clothing, we should be content therewith... The Adamic nature of man will never be contented unless God has given us a new resurrected soul (spirit essence) with the gift of Holy Spirit that will guide us so that we will not lust after the things of the world.Lack of contentment came as a result of the fall of man, which led to the image of God being lost. This is my contribution.
Hebrews 13:5 Let your life be without covetousness, and be CONTENT with such things as ye have, for He hath said, I will never leave thee or forsake the. The bible does encourage us to save up for our old age so that we will not be burden to our children, and we should also lay up an inheritance for them. The parents are to lay up for their children, not the children for the parents. But if the parents do not have enough, the children should take care of them. The Pharisees took all the money from the people so that they did not have enough to take care of their parents.
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