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7 Deadly Sins: Greed

Although the Bible is quite clear that “greed” is bad for the soul, there are many different articles and schools of thought on the subject. As I read about it, I found it fascinating that the sentiment toward greed changes drastically with a changing economic landscape. During a bullish market, greed is extolled as a positive influence, while during leaner times like 2011, many shun greed as the master of all economic destruction.

Let me say here that greed is never good no matter where we stand in the marketplace. Defined greed means: “An intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.” Greed is about loving oneself in spite of, or better put, to spite everyone else.

Here, I want to state that there is a difference between loving yourself exclusively, and “loving your neighbor as yourself.” In the former, you stand as the sole beneficiary of all your actions, no matter the harm you inflict on others. In the latter, your motives take into consideration loved ones, friends, strangers, or even enemies. The reason Lehman Brothers failed or Bernie Madoff went to prison can be summed up in this one word—Greed. Their actions were solely committed for their own benefit, and they cared little of what that meant to others or to the stability of the economy.

So, make sure your actions are not ‘greed motivated’. You do this by making sure your actions in business and life do not hurt others. But I would go a step further in this and say, make sure your actions in business and life actually help others.

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FOR EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD—THE LUST OF THE FLESH, THE LUST OF THE EYES, AND THE PRIDE OF LIFE—COMES NOT FROM THE FATHER BUT FROM THE WORLD. THE WORLD AND ITS DESIRES PASS AWAY, BUT WHOEVER DOES THE WILL OF GOD LIVES FOREVER.

1 JOHN 2:16-17


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