JM’s Journal: Are You Content or Discontent in Your Life?

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Are You Content or Discontent in Your Life?

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

by J.M. Troppello

Learning how to be content in your circumstances is not an easy thing to do. My husband and I have been picking a verse from the Bible to memorize each week. We’re holding each other accountable to this memorization and application process. The Bible verse for this week is found in I Timothy 6:6, Now godliness with contentment is great gain. I’ve listed the full passage that the verse is found in below.

3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the [a]doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 [b]useless wranglings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. [c]From such withdraw yourself. 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, [d]and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I Timothy 6:3-10, NKJV)

It's been a long process, but I’ve learned through the years in my Christian walk how to be content in my circumstances. Of course, it’s still not always easy. Yes, I want to better my life financially etc. However, for too long, I had become frustrated with God whenever things went wrong, or prayers weren’t answered.

Yet, that’s not where God wants His people to reside in life. He wants you to find rest in each moment because you have learned how to be still before God (See: Ps. 46:10). He wants you to learn to live how Paul did.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your[a] care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to [b]be abased, and I know how to [c]abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through [d]Christ who strengthens me. 14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I [e]have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Phil 4:10-19, NKJV)

I’m still a work in progress in this area of learning to be content – and live a life of joy and thankfulness through everything. However, it’s been encouraging to see how my attitude has been easier to get back on track these days. That’s because I’ve been focusing on cultivating contentment in my life and being more intentional with how I live each moment.

Are you content or discontent in your life?

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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