May 5th 2010

Contentment

“…Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

1 Timothy 6:6 (KJV) 

Throughout our lives we have been fed with a lot of false information and that has caused us to make wrong decisions and be discontented, especially if we compare ourselves to others. 

Our minds need to be renewed.  We have to change the way we think.  David knew this, and asked God to “…renew a right spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).  The Apostle Paul said, “…I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content” (Philippians 4:11). 

The world seeks to convince us by advertising, that unless we have what they call the ‘essential’ things, then we are not able to enjoy life and be content.  But Romans 12:2 (NLT) tell us, “Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” 

If we are content with the basics, then this helps us resist the adverts and we don’t become discontent.  1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT) goes on to say, “Yet true godliness and contentment is itself great wealth.  After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into this world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.  So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”  Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) says, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’” 

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12) are sometimes called the ‘beautiful attitudes’, and give us the principles by which we can know contentment and inner happiness. 

Prayer

Thank you, Father, for showing us the way to contentment.  Please help me to remember this especially when difficult times come.  No matter what I am going through you are always there.

Amen 

Study by Jill Newman 

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