5th March 2014

Contentment 

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6 (NKJV)
 

Is it possible we can achieve this?  What makes a person content?  Usually it is connected with possessions, wealth and people.  However, it is also connected with simple things of life like the beauty of creation, including sunshine, flowers and rain when it is needed. 

Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) tells us, “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.’”  So, “If we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (1 Timothy 6:8 NLT). 

Jesus told his disciples, “…not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear” (Luke 12:22 NLT).  “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things.”  (Luke 12:25-26 NLT). 

How we think determines how we respond to circumstances and others, and to be content—we must regards others as more important.  “After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the 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.” (1 Timothy 6:7-8 NLT) 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) tells us, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” 

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”  (Luke 12:31 NLT). 

So can we say with Paul, “…I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything…for I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:11-13 NLT). 

Prayer
Thank you, Father, for showing us how to be content.  Please help us to always remember these things and live life this way.
Amen
 

Study by Jill Newman

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About the Author:
Jill Newman is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email:  george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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