The Bible has a lot to say about money, and it's important to understand what it means. Money can be a source of great joy and blessing, but it can also be a source of great temptation and destruction. The Bible warns us not to strive for wealth, but to be wise enough to give it up when we see it. The Bible says that the love of money is the root of all evil.
This is true whether you are rich or poor. God loves us and doesn't want money to hurt us, but instead he wants us to use it as a tool to bless our families, others, and to finance the advancement of his kingdom. The Bible has many verses about money that can help us understand how to use it wisely. Here are some of the most important ones:
Proverbs 13:11“Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it.”
Proverbs 21:20“In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Matthew 6:19-21“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
1 Timothy 6:10“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
Luke 16:11“So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches?”
Proverbs 22:7“The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
Matthew 25:14-30“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.
Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. The Bible has much wisdom about money that can help us make wise decisions about how we use it.