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If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.

- Psalm 62:10b

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.

- I Timothy 6:9

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.

- Matthew 6:19


What does the following statement mean - "There is a great difference between a person possessing riches or his riches possessing him"?

    After one of his great conquests, Alexander the Great was quiet, thoughtful, and sad. Noticing this, his servants asked him if something was bothering him. He replied that he was sorrowing over the fact that there was only one world to conquer.

    Can the human heart be truly satisfied with finite things?

Money is not evil; being wealthy is not wrong; but the love of money, i.e. living for riches, is sinful. The love of money often leads to a host of other sins, "For the love of money is the root of all evil" (I Timothy 6:10a).

Miserliness, stinginess, and the hoarding of money contradict the spirit of love proclaimed in God's Word, "For God loveth a cheerful giver" (II Corinthians 9:7b). A miser transgresses God's tenth commandment - he covets. He steals from himself, his family, and others by denying a legitimate use of income for various necessities and comforts.

The following examples provide further insights into these truths.

    Mr. Tenwood spent all forty years of his married life saving every penny possible for his retirement. Through his desire to stockpile his funds for the future, he created numerous problems with his wife and children throughout the years. He would not give in, however; every penny possible went into the bank.

    One year before retirement, Mr. Tenwood unexpectedly died from a massive heart attack.

    With more than one hundred thousand dollars in the bank, his widow purchased various items that made her home more comfortable; items which her former husband had always denied her. She also delighted in purchasing various gifts for her married children and grandchildren.

    For the first time in her life, she experienced the pleasure of being able to purchase helpful items and appreciated gifts.

    What benefits did Mrs. Tenwood receive from their money in contrast with Mr. Tenwood? Why?

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