Monthly Archives: July 2011

Contentment

Why does the “winter of my discontent” continue into spring and summer? I am reminded of Paul’s statement to the Philippians…

Philippians 4:11-12

“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.”

…Lord help me to be content… help me to learn the secret that Paul learned, to be content in every situation…


The Secret of Contentment

Philippians 4:8-13

“Rejoice in the Lord always. … with thanksgiving, present your requests to God … Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things … I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.”

Paul the apostle writes an amazing statement: “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” We understand how amazing that statement is when we read about his life. Paul had times when he was the honored guest of government leaders, he had times where he was beaten by angry mobs, thrown in jail by the authorities, he suffered shipwreck at sea in the rain and cold, and many other struggles. And yet he states “I have learned to be contentwhatever the circumstances.”

In the fourth chapter of Paul’s letter to the Philippians we read the secret to that contentment:

·Rejoice in the Lord always; Finding joy in our relationship with God.

·Ask God for what you need with an attitude of thankfulness.

·Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Training our thoughts to dwell on the positive aspects that are all around us in every situation.

Contentment seems to come through the strength Jesus gives us, when we discipline our minds: to rejoice, to be thankful, to find the things that are true, noble, right, pure and lovely. It is then we may enter into that contentment whatever the circumstance.


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