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Avoiding Greed


1. Giving and Sharing: The Bible teaches us that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). We are encouraged to be generous with our time, money, and resources to help those in need. Greed tends to create selfishness, but we can learn to be more selfless and thankful for our blessings by giving and sharing.

2. Contentment: The apostle Paul encourages us to “learn to be content” (Philippians 4:11). We often become greedy because we are never satisfied with what we have. Still, if we learn to be content with what we have, greed will not be an issue.

3. Self-control: The Bible tells us to “abstain from every form of evil” (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Greed is a form of evil and must be resisted by exercising self-control; we must remind ourselves that it is better to be satisfied with what we have than to pursue more and more material possessions.

4. Serving Others: Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant” (Matthew 20:26). Greed can lead us down a path of always wanting to get ahead, but by serving others instead of ourselves, we can learn to be humble and put others’ needs before our own.

5. Living in Faith: Finally, the Bible tells us that “without faith, it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). Greed often results from a lack of faith, but if we trust in God and live out our faith, we will be better able to resist the temptations of greed.

These five (5) principles from the Bible can help us address the issue of Greed and ensure that it does not become a part of our lives. But first, we must remember to give thanks for all we have, learn contentment, practice self-control, serve others, and live out our faith. By doing this, we can ensure that greed does not become a problem.

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