The Bible provides guidelines for all areas of our lives, including our finances. By browsing books like Ecclesiastes or Proverbs, we can come across real pearls on money management! Here are 10 key verses that constitute rules to follow in our finances!
1) Give a share of your income to God!
“Honor the Lord with your goods and with the first of all your products!(Proverbs 3:9)
2) Don’t idolize money.
“No servant can serve two masters. For either he will hate one and love the other; or he will cling to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Mammon (deity of money and material wealth).” (Luke 16:13)
3) Make money legally.
“An ill-gotten fortune diminishes, but he who accumulates little by little increases his wealth.” Proverbs 13:11
4) Anticipate your needs for difficult times by saving!
“Go to the ant, sloth. Consider his ways and become wise. It has neither chief nor inspector nor master. She prepares her food in the summer. She gathers during the harvest what to eat.” Proverbs 6:6-8
5) Make money grow wisely.
“He who had received the five talents came near, bringing five more talents, and he said: Lord, you have given me five talents; behold, I have won five more. His master said to him, Well done, good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things, I will entrust you with much; enter into the joy of your master.” (Matthew 25:20-21)
6) Learn contentment.
“Let your conduct not be guided by the love of money, be content with what you have. Indeed, God himself said: I will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
7) Avoid borrowing
“The rich rules over the poor, And he who borrows is slave to him who lends.” (Proverbs 22:7)
8) Be generous and give to people in need.
“I have shown you in any case that it is by working in this way that you must support the weak, and remember the words of the Lord, who himself said: It is more blessed to give than to receive. .” (Acts 20:35)
9) Pay debts or taxes.
Is it lawful for us to pay tribute to Caesar or not? Jesus seeing their cunning answered them: Show me a penny. Whose effigy and inscription does it bear? From Caesar, they answered. Then he said to them, Render therefore to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s. (Luke 20:22-25)
10) See yourself as manager of God’s money because it is He who provides!
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Old 2:8)
Contrary to what some speeches might imply, money is not bad in itself. We just have to learn to look at it according to divine principles. So, let’s try to follow these 10 verses: our financial management will only be better for it!