I close this series with Hebrews 13:5, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have.” One of the greatest sources of strife in marriage comes from discontent. I can trace most marital problems to this one issue. Paul warns that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils” (1 Timothy 6:10). Most of us would never say that we are discontent with our circumstances, but how we hold our money and resources will determine whether we look at what we have as stewardship or ownership. It is rare to find a marriage that is truly free from any degree of the love of money.
This challenge is most visible in marriage. Of all the married couples I have counseled, at least 80 percent have not learned to be stewards of what God has given them. On the other hand, when a couple view their marriage as an extension of God’s glory, contentment and serving the Lord are a hallmark of their relationship. As Paul also affirms, contentment is learned and must apply to all areas of life, no matter whether “facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need” (Philippians 4:12). As we abide with Christ, He gives the strength to live in joyful contentment.
In this series, I ask you not to forget that the gospel is spread more rapidly through those who live it daily. This includes marriage! This is real freedom!
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