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"the joy of contentment"

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The apostle Paul claimed that he had learned to be content in "whatever situation" he was in. That may not immediately seem hard to believe until you understand what contentment is. Jeremiah Burroughs, in his classic work on contentment, "The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment" defines Christian contentment as, "that sweet, inward, quiet, gracious frame of spirit, which freely submits to and delights in God's wise and fatherly disposal." Do you sweetly and inwardly, quietly and graciously, freely submit to AND delight in any and every situation? If not, be encouraged, neither did Paul. Not at first. He had to learn contentment. And so do we. Let's consider the contentment of Paul and how we can learn to be content like him.


 

Outline

I. Contentment is independent of need.

II. Contentment is independent of circumstances.

III. Contentment is dependent on experience.

IV. Contentment is dependent on eternal life.

 

questions to consider:

1. Read 1 Timothy 6:6-10 and Hebrews 13:5 and combine their words with those of Philippians 4:10-13. What is God saying through these three passages?

2. Where is the biggest struggle with discontentment for you? Do you find yourself becoming discouraged because of some discontentment in your life?

3. What changes do you need to make in your life to begin living a more contented lifestyle?