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Godliness with Contentment

The apostle Paul gave Timothy the following instruction.

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1 Tim. 6:6-10)

The word translated as godliness means piety, which is reverence and devotion to God. It describes an attitude that is centered on God and does that which is well-pleasing to Him. Contentment is the feeling of satisfaction one has with one's possessions, status, or situation. Godliness with contentment would be to set one's heart on God and on doing what pleases Him and be satisfied with the possessions, status or situation that God has given. The apostle Paul had learned godliness with contentment.

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith 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. (Php. 4:11-13)

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Ed Anderson
Sierra Vista, AZ


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