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CONTENTMENT (Part 1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Now, friends, I would like for you to turn with me to Hebrews 13:5, and I want to speak to you today on CONTENTMENT. The Bible says that Christians should be CONTENT. The Bible says that godliness with contentment is great gain .
This word CONTENTMENT is a wonderful word, and particularly in the Book of Hebrews, we find in it a rich blessing. Let me read to you this passage in Hebrews 13, beginning with verse 5. "Let your conversation (that is, your manner of life) be without covetousness." Don't make the gaining of possessions the chief aim in your life. "Be content with such things as ye have, for He hath said, I will never leave thee nor forsake thee, so that we may boldly say, The LORD is MY Helper, and I will not fear what MAN shall do unto me."
"Let your manner of life be without covetousness." Christians, don't be COVETOUS. Don't make the main thing in your life the idea of ACQUIRING MORE POSSESSIONS in this present world. That is the general teaching of the Bible, and particularly the Lord's teachings in the Gospels and in the whole record of the New Testament. Covetousness is a terrible danger because it can consume a man. It can take away every other thing that is of real and abiding value. One thing is dead sure; and the Bible realistically faces it: we didn't bring anything into this world, and we shall carry nothing out.
The Lord reminds us of a man who said, with his much possessions, "My soul, take your ease, eat, drink and be merry, for you have much goods laid up for many years." But God said, "Thou foolish one, tonight thy SOUL shall be required of thee. Then whose shall these THINGS be which thou hast acquired?"
Oh, my friends, many a man learned to his sorrow that he has spent all his time and energy in laying up the things of this present world and has not been rich in THE TRUE VALUES that abide. This is a thought-provoking message today.
The Bible teaches that Christ ...
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