Can the Love of Money Be Destructive?
Is the love of money really destructive?
Loving money is probably one of the most talked about subjects on the planet. The greatest teachers of the ages have engaged in addressing the topic of money and what it does to people.
Here are four reasons why money can be destructive.
1. Various People Speak as to Why the Love of Money is Destructive
Many great leaders have some interesting thoughts and ideas about the effect that money has upon us.
Benjamin Franklin once said,
“Money has never made man happy, nor will it, there is nothing in its nature to produce happiness. The more of it one has the more one wants.”
This seems to be the case. Many of those who have gained millions have often found themselves still seeking for inner peace.
Money alone is not evil. Margaret Thatcher (former Prime Minister of Great Britain) once said,
“It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake.”
The Apostle Paul wrote this about money –
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. ~ 1 Timothy 6:9-10
What is the healthiest way to handle the resource of money? This resource is a powerful force.
Before we can handle money in a healthy way, it would be great to hear from the greatest teacher of all time. What does Jesus have to say about money?
2. Jesus’ Teaches Why The Love of Money is Destructive – Found in the Gospel of Matthew
Jesus only talked about the “Kingdom of God” more than the subject of money. Many of the parables of Jesus have some connection with how money is used or abused.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.
Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.
For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?
3. Jesus’ Teaches Why The Love of Money is Destructive – Found in the Gospel of Luke
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.”
But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry. Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.”
The land of a rich man produced abundantly. And he thought to himself, ‘What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night you life is being demanded of you. And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.”
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you ned them. Instead,strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
These passages of scripture are only a few of the many lessons that Jesus taught about loving money, riches and wealth. After reading the teachings of Christ here is a simple strategy in handling money.
4. The Love of Money Can Be Destructive If We Allow It
The resource of money can be beneficial as long as it does not over-power us. There needs to be some “do not” attitudes about money. Here are ten to consider.
- Do not let money become your god.
- Do not allow yourself to become a self-centered person fueled by money.
- Do not become someone who finds value in life by always checking out what someone else has.
- Do not let money consume your soul.
- Do not allow money to take your eyes from deeper spiritual truths.
- Do not ignore the bigger services of life due to keeping your focus on money.
- Do not let money change your heart into becoming selfish.
- Do not let money lead you to forget the greater promises of God.
- Do not stop seeing the riches that God provides for you every day of your life.
- Do not let worry, fueled by money or the lack of it, become a consuming part of your life.
How are you doing with your financial resources?
Do you love money?
Does it feel like a gift from God or is it an all-consuming fire in the pit of your soul.
The Creator meant for wealth and resources to help us, not destroy us.