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Stewardship of money

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The righteous handling of money is an important practical test of godliness.

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Money must be obtained honestly

Not by theft

Exodus 20:15 NKJV
“You shall not steal.
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Not by fraudulent practices

Leviticus 19:13 NKJV
‘You shall not cheat your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of him who is hired shall not remain with you all night until morning.
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Not by usury

Exodus 22:25 NKJV
“If you lend money to any of My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a moneylender to him; you shall not charge him interest.
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Not at the expense of justice

Exodus 23:8 NKJV
And you shall take no bribe, for a bribe blinds the discerning and perverts the words of the righteous.
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Not by extortion

Luke 3:13 NKJV
And he said to them, “Collect no more than what is appointed for you.”
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Not by oppression

James 5:4 NKJV
Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.
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Not at the expense of health

Proverbs 23:4 NKJV
Do not overwork to be rich; Because of your own understanding, cease!

Not at the expense of witness

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Not at the expense of spiritual well-being

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By work, trade, investment or inheritance

2 Thessalonians 3:12 NKJV
Now those who are such we command and exhort through our Lord Jesus Christ that they work in quietness and eat their own bread.
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Money must be cared for diligently

Personal money

Proverbs 27:23–24 NKJV
Be diligent to know the state of your flocks, And attend to your herds; For riches are not forever, Nor does a crown endure to all generations.

Money held on trust

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Money must be used in a God-honouring way

For the support of the family

1 Timothy 5:8 NKJV
But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
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For benefiting the poor, especially God’s people

Galatians 6:10 NKJV
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.
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For the work of God’s kingdom

Galatians 6:6 NKJV
Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches.
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Examples of godly people who have used their money well

Those who were wealthy but godly

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Those who had little but gave much

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