For the love of money is a source of all kinds of evil. Some have been so eager to have it that they have wandered away from the faith and have broken their hearts with many sorrows.” (1 Timothy 6:10, GNB)

The love of money is one of those vices that creeps in unnoticed into our lives, especially when one lives in an age of opulence [or perhaps decadence is a better word].  The malicious thing about this vice is how it worms its way in without our notice and has grabbed hold of our affections without a conscious choice.  Rather than cut it out like the cancer that it is, we explain it away so that we can keep pursuing things.  Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

Paul lays out the danger: people who fall into the love of money “have wandered away from the faith.”  The word translated “wandered away” means “to seduce, lead astray from, deceive, or draw away.”  Before we know it, the damage has already been done, so we set out to justify our sinful actions.

John Cassian (360- 435 A.D.) writes:

How dangerous is the disease of covetousness

BUT this disease coming upon us at a later period, and approaching the soul from without, as it can be the more easily guarded against and resisted, so, if it is disregarded and once allowed to gain an entrance into the heart, is the more dangerous to every one, and with the greater difficulty expelled. For it becomes “a root of all evils,” and gives rise to a multiplicity of incitements to sin.

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