Friday, August 13th, 2010
"The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things" (1 Timothy 6:10)
In his first letter to Timothy, Paul highlighted principles that should govern Christian slaves, some of whom may have expected material advantages because of having Christian owners. Others may have tried to use what was holy for selfish gain. Paul warned against "thinking that godly devotion is a means of [material] gain." The root of the problem may have been "the love of money." (1 Timothy 6:1, 2, 5, 9, 10) Can you think of Bible examples of individuals whose relationship with God was damaged by "the love of money" or the love of nonessential things that money can buy? (Joshua 7:11, 21; 2 Kings 5:20, 25-27) Paul urged Timothy: "You, O man of God, flee from these things. But pursue righteousness, godly devotion, faith, love, endurance, mildness of temper." (1 Timothy 6:11) Heeding that advice is vital for all who want to survive the coming day of wrath.
(Watchtower issue: 6/15/08, 1:17, 18)