Attitudes to money

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Money can be a blessing or a snare according to one’s attitude.


Money as a gift from God

Deuteronomy 8:18 ESV
You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.
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Loving money

We can use money, but we shouldn’t love money.

Being ruled by money

1 Timothy 6:10 ESV
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Matthew 6:24 LEB
“No one is able to serve two masters. For either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You are not able to serve God and money.
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Trusting in money

1 Timothy 6:10 LEB
For the love of money is a root of all evil, by which some, because they desire it, have gone astray from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.
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Trusting in money

1 Timothy 6:17 LEB
Command those who are rich in this present age not to be proud and not to put their hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in God, who provides us all things richly for enjoyment,
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Boasting in money

Psalm 49:5–6 LEB
Why should I fear in times of calamity, when iniquity surrounds me at my heels, those who trust their wealth and boast about the abundance of their riches?
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Examples of those led astray by the love of money


Achan; Gehazi; the rich young ruler; Judas Iscariot

Gifts and qualities that are better than money


Psalm 49:7–9 LEB
Surely a man cannot redeem a brother. He cannot give to God his ransom (since the redemption price for their life is costly and it always fails), so that he may stay alive forever and not see the pit.
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Proverbs 4:7 LEB
The beginning of wisdom: Get wisdom! With all that is in your possession, gain insight.
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A good reputation

Proverbs 22:1 LEB
A reputation is to be chosen rather than great riches; favor is better than silver and gold.

A good wife

Proverbs 31:10 LEB
A woman of excellence, who will find? For her worth is far more than precious jewels.


Acts 3:6 LEB
But Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not possess, but what I have, this I give to you—in the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, walk!”

Spiritual power

Acts 8:19–20 LEB
saying, “Give to me also this power, so that whomever I place my hands on may receive the Holy Spirit!” But Peter said to him, “May your silver be destroyed along with you, because you thought you could acquire the gift of God by means of money!

Spiritual riches

Isaiah 55:1 LEB
“Ho! Everyone thirsty, come to the waters! And whoever has no money, come, buy and eat, and come, buy without money, wine and milk without price!
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