Hello! Welcome to May!
In continuation to our previous discussion on money: HOW DO YOU KNOW YOUR LOVE FOR MONEY IS HEALTHY? BECAUSE REALLY, THIS IS A VERY SUBJECTIVE MEASUREMENT AND WILL DIFFER WITH PEOPLE…SO WHAT IS THE BORDERLINE FOR HEALTHY LOVE OF MONEY AND UNHEALTHY LOVE OF MONEY, WHICH SHOULD BE THE STANDARD FOR EVERY INDIVIDUAL?
I will like to leave the opinion of others as received on the last post Is Loving Money Carnality?
It’s a curse to be poor, now that is relative. As far as money is concerned, we have got very little knowledge of it, especially if you don’t have privileged parents or guardians. I think therefore, that it is crucial to teach people about money beyond acquisition of items with money.
But again, na curse not to have money to meet your needs.
The first question is : what is your purpose for having money? If your purpose is healthy then your love for money will be healthy.
For instance if your purpose is to amass wealth for yourself and acquire lots of luxuries, of course your love for money will be unhealthy. You will do anything you can to get money.
I’m not saying having luxuries is bad but from what I’ve studied, genuinely rich people are first problem solvers.
I think a very useful standard to judge our love for money is to ask ourselves: When last did I give without being asked or out of obligation (tithe, offering etc don’t really count here because for many people it is a routine)?
I agree with you that healthy and unhealthy love is Subjective, so each individual has to determine that based on their values. So when you are violating your own internal principles and values because of money I think you should check yourself. For instance when you start neglecting family and friends whom you value a lot so that you can make extra bucks or because of your money goals ALONE, you can’t help a friend in need, that’s an issue.
But then again, there are absolutes. Violating ethics of human behaviour because of money is flat out wrong. People should not be intentionally run over in your pursuit of money. There shouldn’t be any form of dishonesty or cheating in your pursuit of money and the like. And most importantly money shouldn’t make us compromise our faith and relationship with the Lord. God’s instructions should not be disobeyed… For instance God tells you not to take a job and you act otherwise because it’s a very well paying job, there’s something wrong.
Jesus says you can’t serve God and mammon. Not God and the devil meaning that money has enough pull to match God and could deceive us even more than the other evil things of the Devil.
All in all, I still think your propensity to give is inversely proportional to your love for money