Devotion February 2018

by Matthias Lübke

Devotion, Elzeth Malherbe, Tugela Ferry, South Africa

  1. Timothy 6:6&7: “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.”

When things don’t go our way, or the way we expected. When we desire to have what others have, or what we think would make our lives more comfortable or pleasant. When someone hurts or disappoints us, the natural reaction is discontent, unhappiness. If we don’t replace these with contentment, they grow into murmuring, frustration and bitterness, which eat away at the heart and mind like a cancer, defiling us.

Contentment - how do we become content?

In Philippians 4:4-8 Paul describes his secret for contentment:

  • Rejoice in the Lord always– seek and find your joy in Jesus at all times (v.4)
  • Let your gentleness be evident to all – replace anger, jealousy and criticism towards others with patience and grace (v.5)
  • Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ – leave all worries and fears in God’s hands, trusting Him to deal with them at the right time and in the best way (v.6&7)
  • … whatever is true, … noble,… right, ...pure, …lovely, …admirable, … excellent, … praiseworthy – think about such things.Replace critical and negative thoughts with uplifting, positive and grateful ones (v.8).

The fruit of this way of life we find in verses 11-13:

“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

 

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