Proverbs 16:7-8 “When a person’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he even reconciles his enemies to himself. Better to have a little with righteousness than to have abundant income without justice.”

Both of these verses are difficult from a worldly perspective, but make a ton of sense from a spiritual perspective. The world teaches that we should hate our enemies, but the Bible teaches that being at peace with God will make us want peace with others. That, in turn, will help us to live out Jesus’ commands:

Luke 6:27-28 “But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”

The world also teaches that wealth is all that matters. But wealth pales in comparison to our relationship with God. Do we so desire to have wealth that we don’t care how we get it? Do we sabotage our relationship with God just to have earthly gain? It’s much better to be right with God than to be rich!

1 Timothy 6:6-10 “Now godliness combined with contentment brings great profit. For we have brought nothing into this world and so we cannot take a single thing out either. But if we have food and shelter, we will be satisfied with that. Those who long to be rich, however, stumble into temptation and a trap and many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evils. Some people in reaching for it have strayed from the faith and stabbed themselves with many pains.”

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