Thursday, November 20, 2008

Contentment

  • 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
  • 7. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
  • 8. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  • 9.People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
  • 10.For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
  • Paul's Charge to Timothy
  • 11. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
  • 12.Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
  • 13.In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you
  • 14. to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,
  • 15. which God will bring about in his own time--God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
  • 16. who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
  • 17. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
  • 18. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.
  • 19. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
  • 20. Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge,
  • 21. which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.

1 Timothy 6:6-21 (NIV)




5 comments:

lady jane said...

In total agreement. Amen.

Setting our minds on things above and not things on earth, seeking that which is higher, relishing in communion with the Living God.

Bless you. <><

~~Deby said...

This can be a rough one at times...too many times...but it is my heart's desire Tracy.
hope that you are feeling better.
Deby

Mrs. Rabe said...

Thanks for this post, Tracy!

I love to read God's Word, especially when it speaks to me and stirs me to desire what it says!

Ways of Zion said...

That was part of the NT section of our daily readings today, and the exhort was based on it...such a good bit of verses!

Jodi said...

Amen and Amen!

" ... honest contentment consists not in persuading ourselves that our things are the very best in the world, but in believing they are the best for us, and giving God thanks for them." Excerpt from Dark to Dawn: A Tale of Martin Luther and the Reformation

I would only add to the book quote that "our things are the very best for us" because God has chosen them for us.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created. James 1:17 & 18

Thank you, Tracy. Reading this passage in Timothy was a blessing.