THE SECRET OF CONTENTMENT
Dr. Jerry Vines
The great theme of the book of Philippians is how to be a happy,
productive, fulfilled person. All through the book of Philippians we
have been learning some of the lessons about how we can have the joy of
the Lord in our life and how we can be a happy person. I do not believe
you can ever be a truly happy person unless you learn what it is to be a
contented person. There are not a lot of people who are contented and
yet contentment is a very great treasure. In I Timothy 6:6 the Bible
says, "Godliness with contentment is great gain." If you know the Lord
and have found the secret of contentment then the Bible says you are a
very rich person.
Benjamin Franklin said one time: "Contentment makes a poor man
rich and discontent makes a rich man poor." I think that is true.
Someone eige sae> that contentment softens our privations,
sweetens our privileges and makes a cottage as fair as a castle. If you
know what it is to be contented you know that is exactly true. There
really aren't many contented people in the world. My experience has
been that many of those who are Christians, those who know Jesus as
their Savior and are born again children of God, really do not know what
it is to be contented in their heart. We think we are contented
sometimes, but we may not be as contented as we ought to be. Too many
of us fill our lives with complaints. We complain because the children
are loud instead of being grateful to God that they are healthy and
happy. We complain that our houses are not as large as we would like
them to be and yet there are people in the world who do not have a house
where they can live. We complain that our car is not the kind of car we
would like for it to be when there are thousands, yea, millions of
people in the world who have never even seen a car. We complain about
our circumstances when many people would gladly exchange their
circumstances for ours. I'm ...
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