The Truth Life: Do You Agree that Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain?


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Do You Agree that Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain?

Cultivating Contentment in Your Life as You Grow in the Lord

by Veritas Vita 777


I agree that godliness with contentment is great gain as it says in I Timothy 6:6. However, I didn’t always feel that way when I was a new believer. I grew to understand the depth of that verse through the years are I’ve grown in my walk with the Lord.


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)

This is a power-packed passage from I Timothy 6:3-10. In my NKJV Bible, it’s titled Error and Greed. That seems to sum up the passage perfectly.


Paul was sharing with Timothy that he needed to withdraw himself from false teachers who do not preach the Word. He said that such false teachers are obsessed with disputes and arguments over words. Those arguments produce envy, strife, reviling, and evil suspicions. These false teachers think that a form of godliness can be great gain for them. Yet, that’s not true.


That’s when verse 6 comes into the discussion: Now godliness with contentment is great gain. Paul continues with verse 7 that we brought nothing into this world. That means we can carry nothing out of it.


Desiring to be rich can lead you down a path toward temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. Paul continues in verse 10 with for the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. He continued by saying that some have strayed from the faith due to their greediness and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.


These verses can be misused.


Paul is not saying that money is evil. He wrote that the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Money can be used for good things. It can be used to help others. Money can be used to provide for yourself and your family. The important point is not to be led astray from your faith by the love of money.


Being content with your circumstances is a good thing. You can strive to better your life circumstances. Just don’t get off track and fall into greediness. Trust God to provide for your needs. Cultivate an attitude of gratitude in your life.



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