SA MAY PERA NA LANG?

1 Samuel 25:2-3

Nabal was a very rich man who lived in Maon. He owned three thousand sheep and a thousand goats, which he kept at Carmel. His wife Abigail was sensible and beautiful…

You may find this difficult to swallow, but if you like to be happy, marry money. Now, there is nothing wrong with marrying money as long as it is not the main reason to marry.

ENTITLED KA BA?

1 Timothy 5:8

People who don’t take care of their relatives, and especially their own families, have given up their faith. They are worse than someone who doesn’t have faith in the Lord.

Ang kakambal ng kasiyahan ng pagkita ay ang paggasta. Lalo na ng perang pinaghirapan. Spend money that you earned. But a wife might ask, “Wife lang po ako at wala naman po akong hanapbuhay,” at yung asawa naman ay ang yabang-yabang, “Ako ang bumubuhay sa iyo!” No, no, no. By being a good wife, you earn everything that you are entitled to. Ang wife ang security guard sa bahay, caregiver, nurse, cook, labandera, plantsadora, treasurer, at GRO pa ng asawa. Kaya hindi minamaliit ang pagiging housewife. Kung suswelduhan ang mga housewives sa lahat ng kanilang ginagawa sa bahay kulang pa siguro ang kita ng mga husbands. Kung walang nag-aasikaso ng iyong bahay, paano kayo makakapaghanapbuhay?

GODLY SPENDING

2 Corinthians 8:13-14

…But it is only fair for you to share with them when you have so much and they have so little…

Kung blessing na magkaroon ng income at blessing din ang gumastos, what godly, correct and appropriate spending could we be missing on? Baka mayroong maka-Dios na paggastos na hindi natin nagagawa, pagkukulang din iyon.

BEST SAVINGS

2 Corinthians 8:7

You do everything better than anyone else…You are eager to give, and you love us better. Now you must give more generously than anyone else.

Be a giver more than a taker; a benefactor more than a beneficiary. Kung nagbibigay tayo, resist magbunganga, “O kayo, bigay ako nang bigay, yak-yak-yak-yak-yak.” Sa ibang panahon ka na magsalita kasi kadalasan ang natatandaan hindi yung bigay mo kundi yung sumbat mo. Sama ng loob ang kinikimkim ng binigyan mo imbes na pagtanaw ng utang na loob. Want to teach them a lesson? At another time. Kasi baka i-equate nilang requirement ng iyong pagbibigay ang magsermon muna. Negative pa rin ang score mo at the end of the day.

MAGBAWAS-BAWAS

Deuteronomy 15:11

“There will always be some Israelites who are poor and needy. That’s why I am commanding you to be generous with them.”

Money should be lent or given to the needy. Kailangan marunong tayong magbigay at kung hindi man magbigay, magpahiram na hindi mo naman pinahamak sa laki ng interest yung pinahiram mo na lalo siya tuloy naghirap. Sabi ng Dios, laging marami ang mahirap at laging dadami ang mahirap sa paligid. Hindi naman ito pagtuturo na, sige, pairalin ninyo ang ganyang sistema. This is a recognition of a reality, kaya sabi nya, “Dahil d’yan, kailangang bukas-palad kayo sa mga kapus-palad. Pag mayroon kayong sobra, tanungin ninyo, ‘Kanino kaya ito ipinabibigay ng Dios?’ ”