Willful suffering

1 Timothy 6:10 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.

As we continue to have a difficult economy, you see many people suffering immensely. The question of why money hurts us is not asked much, the stress of financial hardship consumes all thoughts of why for most. The above scripture shows that those who are suffering under the hardship are actually inflicted with a sin condition. Avarice is the translation of “love” in this passage which describes those who are misery and stingy. To be pierced in this case is to be as on a spit, suffering due to this “love”.

Obviously this is not a condition anyone wants to have, so the correction is to give, even under financial duress. Doing so is never a waste, you are trading worldly value for spiritual value(conforming closer to the image of Jesus), and your suffering will ease. Examine your heart in this matter, and see how your attitude truly is towards money and giving. I know I could give more, and seeing how I worry about a child coming, I know the root reason: I love money and the child will require it from me. What we need always comes to us in my experience. I have never walked around naked, nor starved, it is a blessing we should glorify God for.

Let us remove the idol of money from our hearts, cut back our wants, so that we can give something to others. Surely our own suffering will be removed from us.

 

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About endwatcher

A resident of Maryland, I am a born again believer who places his faith on Jesus for salvation. I seek to live out being His disciple and follow after Him.
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2 Responses to Willful suffering

  1. Jed says:

    Is the love of money truly formed by a lack of giving period, or is it the unwillingness to give even when you feel strongly that you should? Also, can you as a result of having bills to pay substitute your giving of “money” by giving more of your time and energy to christian events?

    • endwatcher says:

      I believe both scenarios in the first part of your comment likely grieve the Holy Spirit in His effort to conform us to be like the image of Jesus. Sometimes the pride in giving something leads us to not give at another time when we should. I know I have been guilty of this.

      On the second part of your comment, I think your scenario would be acceptable if the event in question does God’s work. Money is value, and so is the time and energy given.

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