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Affluent Christian Investor | October 22, 2017

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Do You Struggle with Greed?

(Photo by Jesus Solana) (CC BY) (Resized/Cropped)

(Photo by Jesus Solana) (CC BY) (Resized/Cropped)

Most people would likely answer no to my question.  In fact, a priest once told me that he had never heard anybody in his entire career confess to the sin of coveting or greed.  It is not only a sin we consider invisible, but many find it acceptable.

Did you know that the Bible talks far more about greed and coveting than debt and saving?

The Bible says that greed is idolatry, a sin on par with adultery and murder, which disqualifies those who are not redeemed from its grip from any inheritance in the kingdom of God.

So what is greed?

The dictionary says greed is an excessive desire for something, typically money or possessions.  I believe God warns us to avoid it because of what it tells the world about our relationship with Him.  We are in essence saying that things are more valuable to us than God.

One antonym for greed is generosity. Jesus told us it is better to give than to receive. It is actually to our advantage!

What if we focus our effort on getting out of greed more than on getting out of debt? You can start today by reorienting your thinking to make giving your top financial goal.  By desiring to give, it will break the control greed has had on our hearts. It will also lead to great joy and intimacy with God.

Today, I invite you to take Crown’s free online assessment to get an in-depth picture of your financial health from a Biblical perspective. The report will give you a comparison of your beliefs and behaviors in 9 key areas that the Bible says are important aspects of managing money.  Not only that, you will receive recommendations for how to improve in the areas where you struggle.

 

Originally posted on Crown.

Chuck Bentley is CEO of Crown, a non-profit business and personal finance policy and educational organization, and author of “The S.A.L.T. Plan. How to Prepare for an Economic Crisis of Biblical Proportions” and “Root of Riches, What if everything you think about money is wrong?”

 

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