The Root of Evil

Happy Valentines Day, everyone!  Remember, we love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19)

I figured that since I have no Valentines date, I would spend my night with Jesus.  While doing this, I learned a lot about him, and I wanted to share my thoughts.

Let’s start with Matthew 6:19-21, which says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Where you find treasure, you can find your heart.  Therefore, do not  store up treasures on Earth.  Instead, store up for the treasures in heaven.  As much as you do not want to believe it, nothing on this Earth is eternal.  Everything surrounding you, everything you find happiness in, everything you treasure right now is temporary.  That means that the pain that you experience from these things are also temporary.  If you keep your focus on Jesus, you will experience an eternal fulfillment that will never die.

1 Timothy 6:9-10 says, “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 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.”  This verse is so self-explanatory, and it seems to be ignored.  This verse is so bold.  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.  Wow.  Rather than seeking money to become rich, make your relationship with God rich, because He will always provide for you.  Once again, money is temporary, but God is not.

Luke 16:19-28 says, “There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day.  At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. “The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried.  In Hades, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ “But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set in place, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. “He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my family, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment.’  This is another verse that I just came upon, and it speaks so loudly.

Final thoughts:  Money is the root of all evil.  Do not let it, or anything that is temporary, separate you from your faith.  Unless God is put first in every decision, it is so easy to drift away from Him.  Once that happens, you may fall into temptation.  1 Samuel 16:7 says, “1 Samuel 16:7 – “The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  God is not impressed by your new Michael Kors watch or your $1,000 purse.  God does not look at what humans look at.  God looks at our heart.  So, keep your heart free from temporary desires, and place your whole heart in the hands of Jesus.

xoxo,

Hayden

Happy Valentines Day ❤

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