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Another Look at Contentment
Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. When John the Baptist came in his ministry the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, the people responded with questions:
Grace to you.
And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And He said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse
- Luke 3:10-14
Do you notice the fruits keeping with repentance? Sharing from what we have with those who have not. Not stealing from others to enrich ourselves. Being content with our wages. Let us look at some verses which speak of contentment.
Paul stated that he had learned to be content:
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,
to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound:
every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
- Philippians 4:11-13
Do you notice that the phrase "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me" is given in the context of being content with a lot and with a little?
Paul tells us, "But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into
and it is
certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let
us be therewith content" (1 Timothy 6:6-8). We can be content with food clothing. Paul tells us in Hebrews: "
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee"
(Hebrews 13:5). Here is the real basis for our contentment. God has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us! Thank you, Lord.
falsely; and be content with your wages.