A great teaching on riches

In chapter 6 of the first letter to Timothy we find a teaching about wealth.

Sometimes we have seen that many people who have large amounts of money like to humiliate others, with insults and even strong offenses. That is why the Apostle Paul instructs Timothy to give the following command to the rich:

Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

1 Timothy 6:17 (KJV)

The first teaching for the rich that we find in the previous verse is to stop being haughty. Being rich should not make you feel superior to others. If you are rich, you should use that blessing to bless others, as verse 18 teaches:

That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;

1 Timothy 6:18 (KJV)

The second teaching of 1 Timothy 6:17 is “not to put hope in riches”. Being rich is not bad, but putting our faith and hope in wealth yes. Everything in this world is temporary, that is why the previous verse says that our hope must be placed in the living God, who is eternal.

Let us not cling to material things, rather, let us use material things as a blessing for those who have less than we do, and thus, we can lay up treasures in heaven and achieve eternal life.

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