What does the Bible say about Finances? A Christian Approach toward Money
In today's capitalistic economy, money is vital to our survival. However, there is also a great concern and obsession over money that is not always necessary. The Bible often has counter-culture, and perhaps unorthodox advice and teaching about money. In this hub, I have collected Bible verses that talk about money, saving, tithing, investing, spending....... and I hope you will find this helpful in your financial journey.
All Scripture is taken from the New International Version, NIV.
OUR ATTITUDES TOWARD MONEY/ BIBLICAL ADVICE
Then he said to them,“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
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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.
9 Honor the LORD with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.
19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom, when they are not able to understand it?
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.
Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.
A feast is made for laughter, wine makes life merry, and money is the answer for everything.
Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare.
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!
1 Timothy 3:2-4
2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.
FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT Eg. INVESTMENT
“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?
Dishonest money dwindles away, but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
MONEY - HOW WE SHOULD TREAT THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED
“If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.
Do not charge a fellow Israelite interest, whether on money or food or anything else that may earn interest.
BEING STEWARDS OF MONEY
2 Kings 12:15
They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.
Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.
Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?