Greed is not a quality that pleases God. Because greedy people make material things their god! In fact, it is just another form of idol worship.
Greed: God’s Children Should Not Be Greedy, Are You?
STM Bible Study Summary
Think about this:
Did you know that a greedy person is the same as an idol worshipper? Yes, greedy people make things their god! Jesus warned against this. So, make it a priority to understand greed; this study can help.
Greed is a form of coveting (lusting for more). Covetousness is a sin. In fact, in 1 Corinthians 6:10, it is named as one of the sins that stop people from entering heaven.
When people constantly want more than they have, it destroys them and others.
Excessive and eager desire to get or have. A desire for more than one needs or deserves, such as food, drink, wealth, or power. It is greediness. Stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire. An unmixed evil; Christians are to be on guard against (Luke 12:15).
Greed is compared to idolatry since the desire for material wealth or money comes first in the heart of idolatrous people (Colossians 3:5). Therefore, church leaders must “not [be] greedy for money, but eager to serve” (1 Peter 5:2).
In essence, “greed” defines a person’s character. The person motivated by love for God will sacrifice possessions to serve others. The person motivated by love for self will sacrifice others—and God—to possess things. Jesus warned against all types of greed (covetousness).
The word greedy is used twice in the KJV (NT); 1 Timothy 3:3 and 8. Both times it comes from the Greek word aischrokerdes.
Synonyms for “greed”
- Acquisitive – A strong selfish desire to get and own material things.
- Avarice – Extreme desire to have or get money; extravagant desire to gain and hoard wealth; covetousness; greediness or insatiable (excessive) desire of gain; cupidity; also, in a figurative sense, an excessive desire for some benefit or advantage.
- Covetous – Excessive desire to have something, mainly material things that someone else has.
- Cupidity – Unrestrained greed for wealth or power; avarice. Passionate carnal desire; sexual love.
- Desire – To wish for the possession and enjoyment of, with earnestness; to long for; to covet; as, to desire wealth.
- Gluttony – The act or habit of eating too much or having a great capacity for something; greedy.
- Selfish – Putting yourself first with little or no regard for others; self-seeking. Caring or concerned only for oneself; self-centered.
- Rapacity – The quality, act, or practice of being excessively greedy. Outrageous greediness of gain.
More about this sin
Greed can lead to crime and ultimately death (Proverbs 1:17-19). Jude warned us to be aware of those (Jude 1:4 and 1:8) who follow their own ungodly desires (Jude 1:18).
“Ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward”? The Expanded Bible “…and for money [because of greed; for wages] they have given themselves [poured themselves out] to doing the wrong [error] that Balaam did (EXB).
According to Bible Knowledge Commentary “Balaam, under the guise of serving God, encouraged others to sin, while at the same time seeking to gain monetarily from their error. Similarly, the false leaders of Jude’s day, greedy for money, led others into sin without recognizing the danger of their actions.”
I warn you to know the Scriptures for yourself and avoid every form of greed.
Greed is a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction. —Erich Fromm (1900–1980), American psychologist. Escape from Freedom (1941) 1.
Beware of false teaching
Greed is a sin and because of greed, false teachers/preachers will tell you lies to get your money. So do not be deceived by the size of their congregation or the number of supporters. Peter warned us about greedy preachers, aka ‘false teachers’.
Qualifications of an Elder/Bishop/Overseer
Are you greedy?
I hope your answer to this question is NO! In fact, you can control your desires with the self-control given by the Holy Spirit. So we can thank the Lord because our loving Father knew what we needed!
Greedy people have a constant urge to get more for themself. As a result, they rarely care about the needs or feelings of others.
God’s children should not be greedy
Look out for the good of others
Living to please (help) others
Don’t loose your inheritance/reward
The love of money
Remember this, God’s children should not be greedy. Thank you for taking the time to read this Bible study. I urge you to make full use of it. Blessings to you and your loved ones—♥ Tim. ☺
Note: parenthesis (#) encloses the key verse(s).
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