Getting into financial slavery (debt) could greatly damage your marriage

“Then there’s the weed of financial slavery. It is commonly stated that a large percentage of marriage problems arise from financial difficulty, and this is often a result of the bondage that occurs through the unwise accumulation of significant amounts of debt. Proverbs 24:7 says ‘the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.’ Borrow money is not sin, you can search the scriptures in vain to come to that conclusion that it is, but the scriptures do issue forth many warnings to us, about the hard reality that when you borrow money from someone, you become a slave to that person. You become bound to that person. It’s a fact of life. And so the mental weight of that slavery can do considerable damage to a marriage relationship. So it’s probably true that most of us in this room would benefit greatly from a conscious attempt to eliminate as much of our debt as possible. And if you are still in your early years of marriage, let me give you some advice from many of us who have been married much longer than you have: borrow with caution, lest the weed of financial slavery creates stress in the garden of your marriage, and begins to choke you.”

Excerpted from a sermon by Paul Tautges

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