FILL IN THE BLANK: “For _______ is the root of all kinds of evil…” –1 Tim. 6:10
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ANSWER: “the love of money”
Money gets a bad rap. A lot of people would incorrectly answer “‘money’ is the root of evil,” but that’s actually not the case and God’s Word doesn’t blame currency for the faults in the world. Scripture points to idolatry of money that brings the worst out of us.
Attitude Toward Wealth and Money
The writer of Hebrews cautions us to “keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have . . .” (Hebrews 13:5). Paul reaffirms Jesus’ teaching when he says, “ . . . we brought nothing into this world, and we cannot take anything out of this world. . . . But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:7, 9-10).
Note that Paul does not say that money is the root of all kinds of evil, but rather the love of money. He goes on to provide wise counsel to the rich “in this present age,” “ . . . charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they make take hold of that which is truly life” (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
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