Gold is a symbol of value and a rare mineral. For centuries many cultures, including western countries, have regarded it as a safe investment. It is estimated that there are only five billion ounces of gold on this earth. How much is that?
We recognise that honesty in what we say and do is a standard to live by, but for some this is a struggle. Handling our finances requires honesty to ourselves and to others. Have you ever been tempted not to pay for something or to pick up something that does not belong to you?
When you get married you make a covenant with one another and as you do so you become ‘one flesh’, so if you are reading this and your spouse is not, then why not lovingly encourage him/her to join with you in this study.
There are some people around me who are generous. I stayed with friends from Church recently and they were so hospitable, generous and kind they made me feel loved but humbled too. I was so blessed. I believe they were too, as they gave just as it says in Acts 20:35 "It is more blessed to give than to receive."
Money issues are a common component of ‘tough times.’ At the very least, the lack of money, or even of money and possessions themselves, often feature in these situations. Having too much can give rise to sleepless nights trying to protect, manage or grow what you have, whereas having too little can result in sleepless nights trying to balance the budget and respond to the red demand letters. Having ‘nothing’ or being in debt makes people feel destitute and often a burden on family or the Government.