What does the Bible say about greed?
Here's the answer:
The Bible says greed is a sin.
Greed is the want or desire to have more of something. Normally people can be greedy with money or possessions. Greedy people are never happy with what they have. They always want more and more. Jesus warns us about greed in the Bible. He tells us the value of our life does not depend on what we have (Luke 12:15).
Oftentimes, greedy people like to have a lot of money. They store it up and keep it just for themselves. Jesus tells us not to store up treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19). He also tells us we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). Whatever a person places as the most important thing in their life becomes their god. Greedy people place money as their god. Jesus tells us we must have Him to be our God. No person can be fully devoted to God if they are greedy for money.
The Bible tells us not to love money—it only leads down the road of destruction (1 Timothy 6:9-10). There is great danger when a person is desperately greedy for money. Saving up money is not bad. The love of money is what is bad. As Christians, are to be content with what we have.
"No one can serve two masters at the same time. You will hate one of them and love the other. Or you will be faithful to one and dislike the other. You can’t serve God and money at the same time" (Matthew 6:24).
"Don’t wear yourself out to get rich. Don’t trust how wise you think you are" (Proverbs 23:4).
"Don’t be controlled by love for money. Be happy with what you have. God has said, 'I will never leave you. I will never desert you'" (Hebrews 13:5).
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