1 Timothy 6:10
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
The above text is a common found misconception in the Bible depicting the concern of money. Many people firmly believe that the Bible teaches us that money is explicitly the root of all evil. This would mean that there is something inherently terrible about owning wealth in itself, but this is further from the truth. What is actually stated here is that LOVE of money is the root, or source of all kinds of evil.
There is a big difference here. Let's be honest, wealth can be a good thing. If used correctly it can do wonderful things. First of all it drives the economy, provides services, education, health, and rights for each of us. But, for some, it can be a disastrous thing. It can ruin them. These types of individuals usually have a windfall and become enthralled with its effects, often hoarding it, making excuses as to why they can't help others. They begin thinking, "This money was put here for me only; I must keep it secure. Others will probably want it, and I may run out if I don't." They cloud their once solid beliefs with idiotic innuendoes that push them further away from those that love them. They often clan together hoping to find others that share their same vision and will condone their behavior. The sad part being, the further they isolate themselves, the more distance accumulates that makes it difficult to attain positive energy- that sense of peace that alludes each of them. This leaves them on a perpetual hike looking for assurance that can never be found. I'm certain each of us can recollect a family member or friend with such an issue.
In this Biblical verse, Paul counsels Timothy that contentment with godliness will protect him from the love of money. He states that love of money "plunges men into ruin and destruction." A little later in the passage, Paul tells Timothy to teach people how to use their resources to "do good, be rich in good deeds, to be generous and willing to share with God's people."
We need to have that exact attitude to prosper. That is to be successful, create wealth, and use our good fortune to spread goodness and prosperity. Bottom line, love people and use money for good.
Open my heart to loving you through your words and through your actions.
May I use it to spread your Word. I pray you strengthen me in
the finance department so that I can be of aide to others.