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The Root of All Evil

John Collins02/29/2012In 1 Timothy 6, Paul said that as servants, we should honor our masters so that the name of God and his doctrine would not be blasphemed.

If we work for a master that believes in Jesus Christ, we should not despise them, because they are brothers in Christ.  We should do them a good service, and teach others to also do a good service.

If any man does not do a good service, or teaches otherwise, they do not teach the good that the Lord Jesus Christ taught.  They do not obey the doctrine that was according to godliness.  In doing so, these men are proud yet they know nothing.  They question their masters, and argue.  Through this, they have envy, strife, create separation and plant evil ideas.

If any man think that their gain shows godliness, they are not teaching the truth, and we should withdraw ourselves from their conversation.  Godliness and being content are the treasures we should focus on, not money.  We brought nothing into this world, and we can carry nothing out of it.

The love of money is the root of all evil.  Those that covet money have erred from the faith and have pierced their own hearts with many sorrows.  As Christians, we should flee from the love of money.  We should follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.  We should live our lives according to faith, and gain eternal life.  Wherever our calling is, we should show our faith and love so that there are many witnesses of our good works.

Paul gave them charge in the sight of God as the witness.  Christ Jesus was peaceful and loving unto death so that Pontius Pilate might witness a good confession.  Paul told them to keep this commandment without blemish until the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Paul said that they should show unto others the blessed and only King of kings and Lord of lords, who dwells in His majesty that no man has seen.  We should give the honor and the power everlasting, amen.  

We should charge them that are rich in this world, so that they do not become high-minded or trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God who gives us richly all things to enjoy.  

If we do good, then we are rich in good works, ready to distribute and tell others.  We lay a good foundation against the time to come, so that we can lay hold onto eternal life.  

Paul told Timothy to keep committed to his faith, avoiding those that were speaking nonsense profanely.  He told Timothy to avoid oppositions of science which some professed and erred concerning the faith.  "Grace be with the, amen."  

As Christians, we should ask ourselves: do we show grace and love for our employers, so that we are a good witness?  Do we grumble and complain about our employers in the eyes of our co-workers?  Have we been filled with the love of money?  Are we witnessing to the rich by giving to the poor?  If we are of those that are rich, do we distribute and tell others to do the same?  Are we speaking nonsense, or are we teaching the love of Jesus Christ?  Have we laid our foundation for eternal life?