Practical changes can end poisonous arguments over money

05/06/2014 4:00 PM

05/06/2014 7:05 PM

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: The only thing my wife and I ever argue about is money. What are we doing wrong? — D.C.

DEAR D.C.: First, get your priorities right. Are things more important to you than God and his will? Put Christ first in your lives. Jesus warned, “No one can serve two masters. 

You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24).

Second, take practical steps to gain control of your money. Formulate a realistic budget and stick to it. Learn to turn your back on things you can’t afford. Set aside money in advance for special needs or occasions. Begin saving for the future. Avoid credit card and other kinds of unsecured debt.

Finally, learn to give as well as to get. Everything we have comes from God, and he gives us the privilege of giving some of it back to him, to help those in need and advance his Kingdom.

Don’t give God whatever you happen to have left over at the end of the month; instead, make it your first priority. Remember the Bible’s words: “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).

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