The Negatives and Positives of Money

Be generous and willing to share.
           —1 Timothy 6:18

Life is a trip between two nothings: “We brought nothing into this world, and we will take nothing out of it” (1 Tm 6:7).

Money is the currency of time, not eternity.

A love affair with wealth dead-ends in disappointment: “Whoever loves money never has money enough, whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Eccl 5:10).

In 1 Timothy 6:17–18, Paul sorts out the negatives and positives of money.

On the negative side, he warns of its dangers: pride (don’t be arrogant)—and false security (don’t put your hope in it).

On the positive side, he encourages the proper use of it—do good (be generous and willing to share).

In a nutshell: don’t be proud, be good; don’t be selfish, be generous.

Money is a delightful servant
but a dangerous master.

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