Love as a Moral Agent and a Check

We are told in Hebrews 13:3 to remember the imprisoned and mistreated. The writer primarily had in mind Christian brothers and sisters who were being persecuted for their faith. While we are to love our enemies, he was especially concerned about members of the Christian family who had to pay a huge price for their faithfulness.

We sometimes use the word “love” quite casually; for example, “I love ice cream.” We use even use the term “making love” to refer to a sexual act that may have nothing to do with real love. The writer warned in Hebrews 13:4 that engaging in sex outside of marriage invites God’s judgement.
We are reminded in the next verses that the love of money is also a temptation to which we must not succumb. The writer does not spend any time explaining the folly of putting money before more important things, other than recognizing that that this sin grows out of our discontent with our circumstances.

He expected his readers to understand already the foolishness of placing our faith in material things.
We are reminded of 1Timothy 6:10-11 KJV “10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.”
We are also reminded of Paul’s letter to the church in Philippians 4:12 EasyEnglish “I know what it is like to need things. I know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned to be happy at any time and during all things. I have learned this secret. I can be happy whether I have enough food or not. I can be happy whether I have plenty of things or nothing.”

The writer of Hebrews and Paul understood that putting our faith in money and material things reflects our lack of faith in God. We have an insatiable appetite for material goods because they never satisfy. The more we have, the more we desire. Paul could endure all circumstances because he understood that he was heir to the kingdom of God. This inheritance provided the true riches of contentment.

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