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How can I not be greedy?


But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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 6:6-10
            We all like money.  Getting a sizeable check for an inheritance feels good.  Finding $20 is a blessing.  Let’s not put those feelings and greed in the same category.
            Paul warned Timothy about the “love of money.”  When you are in love, you will sacrifice everything, do anything to obtain that goal.  However, money is not a person, nor can it show you all those feelings of care, forgiveness and sacrifice.  Money is a cruel lover and it comes and goes as it pleases.
            Striving for money creates evil opportunities to obtain it.  If you are eager for money, you will give up going to church, maybe even hurt yourself physically to get more and experience griefs in your life like broken relationships with your family.  Is it worth it?
            Many say they are giving up so much to get money so those around them can have a better life and be secure.  That’s a lie.  What people want is time, attention and communication.  That gives them security.  Money pulls people away from family relationships.  Money demands that the person has a relationship with it.
            Paul told believers to be happy with what you have, even if it is just food and clothes.  Don’t strive for any more or you will fall into a trap of ruin and destruction.  Contentment keeps you from being greedy.