Fruits of the Spirit – Love
“I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love.” Remember that Beatles song?
They were right…you can’t buy love!
People confuse money and wealth! But, the greatest wealth we’ll ever know is the love of God demonstrated in the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Nothing else comes close to that!
As part of the body of Christ, we get to share that love with others. Jesus said that if we abide in Him and He in us, we’ll bear much fruit – and that includes love. When His love reigns in our hearts, it’s evident in our relationships and how we deal with our finances.
When couples unite under the headship of Christ, their love should preside over money. Otherwise, frustration can build and destroy a relationship. Treating one another with love when it comes to money requires calm communication, open discussions, humility and forgiveness. With these in place, trust can be built and common goals established.
Let’s relate God’s definition of love to your finances. Are you patient and kind when dealing with your spouse? Do you envy what others have? Are you arrogant or rude when confronting one another? Do you insist on managing money your own way; are you irritable or resentful? Or, do you rejoice with the truth, bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things?
Financial issues can tear a relationship apart, so we must abide in Christ for his love to flow through us! With Him, all things are possible.
In John 15, Jesus said,
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
Money certainly can’t buy that love!
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