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Some Lessons On Contentment

Updated on August 26, 2011

Some Lessons On Contentment

“I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed you have been concerned, but have no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstance . I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”

Philippians 4:10-13

Learning Contentment

To be contented is not a natural thing for a man. It is a lesson to be learned. For Apostle Paul it is one of the greatest lessons he learned in Christianity. Knowing the background of Apostle Paul, he is not one person who is accustomed to poverty and sufferings. Before becoming a Christian Apostle Paul lived an affluent lifestyle holding a prestigious position in the Jewish society. Having studied under the prestigious school of Gamaliel who was one of the most respected Jewish Pharisee at their time, Paul has gained much edge in his career as Pharisee, But when Paul became a Christian, he lost all the great things he enjoyed before and lived a life of faith constantly battered with persecutions and sufferings. As it is written in Philippians 3:7-8;

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord , for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish that I may gain Christ.”

As Christians we need to learn contentment. Here are some important reasons :

First it is commanded to us as it is written in Hebrews 13:5;

“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have.”

A christian is commanded to cease from loving money and to be content with whatever he has.

Secondly, it is difficult if not impossible to have joy in the Lord and to worship Him sincerely without contentment. One of the secrets in maintaining joy in the Lord is having contentment. We must be contented with whatever the Lord provided for us in order to remain joyful as a Christian.

Third it helps us to be shielded from many sins and temptations as it is written in I Timothy 6:6-10;

“But godliness with contentment is a great gain. For we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptations and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

Contentment brings many blessings and benefits. It is one of the keys to real happiness. To be able to accept your real situation in life and the things that you cannot change anymore is a step higher towards achieving happiness in life.

Famous Quotes On Contentment

“A Christian should be satisfied with what God has made the object of his faith –JesusChrist.”.

By Jeremiah Burroughs

The Lord JesusChrist is high enough to satisfy soul, it is capable of a thousand more than it is. Contentment is finding sufficiency in Christ alone. It means JesusChrist is enough for our happiness. We do not need anymore the world stuff to make us happy. The things the world provide no matter how sophisticated they are, are not necessary for us to receive happiness in this life. The christian’s happiness is constantly experiencing the presence and fellowship of God.

“Contentment does not depend on what we have. It depends on who we are. It is a spiritual attainment.”

By Theodore Epp

Contentment is a state of the heart. Being a Christian and being a child of God is a great reason to be content.

“Contentment is an inner sense of rest and peace that comes from being right with God and knowing that He is in control of all that happens to us. “

By Steven Cole

It means having our focus on the Kingdom of God and on serving Him, not on the love of money and things. We learn contentment by cultivating godliness, generosity, humility, faith in God and being assured of His power and presence and being more and more in love with Jesus.

We must understand that contentment is a mystery. It can only be taught by God Himself.

A Christian can be content yet very dissatisfied. It means a Christian can never be satisfied by anything the world could offer. A heart that is made for God should not be content with houses, properties, riches and fame. But having God, a christian will be content even without the houses, properties, riches and fame.

A Christian achieves contentment not by addition but by subtraction. It does not come by adding what you have or want, but by subtracting from your desires. A contented Christian sees much even in the little that he receives. He sees that what he receives has the love of God in them. He sees that what he receives is but a foretaste of the eternal blessings God has in store for him.

A true Christian finds contentment in every circumstance by getting strength from JesusChrist. We must realize the possibility of being contented and yet accomplishing much through JesusChrist. For no matter what the circumstance of our lives, we can accomplish much through JesusChrist.

To be content in life, a Christian must find his sufficiency in Christ alone, he must find his all in al in Christ. Just like Apostle Paul who is always and ever in love with JesusChrist. Despite the severe afflictions he encountered in life, he was able to persevere because he is inspired by his love for JesusChrist. For Apostle Paul loving Jesus makes his life complete amidst fiery trials and severe adversities. Loving Jesus makes him content in everything.

This hub is an excerpt from the Worship Service Message preached on the night of November 7, 2010 by Brother Benjie Baclagon at Grace Bible Church (Manila, Philippines)..


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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Dave Mathews thank you for dropping by. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Apostle Paul finds his sufficiency and all in all in the Lord JesusChrist. He has suffered the loss of many great things he enjoyed before in exchange of gaining Christ. We must learn from his example. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Ate Cristina: Paul shows us contentment in his everyday travels and troubles throughout his ministry. Paul is one of the best teachers, chosen by God to show us how to serv God.

      Brother Dave.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi lifegate it is great to read your comment for this hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Yes I agree with sometimes learning contentment is a process it may even be a lifelong process for some. Only in learning contentment we can fully know the secret of living joyfully as a christian. Blessings to you and regards.

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      William Kovacic 6 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Thanks for a very timely hub. As Paul said, he had to learn to be content. Sometimes contentment is a process, but as we learn about out Lord and adjust accordingly contentment will come. Thanks again!

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi RevLady it is very encouraging to read your comment. Thank you for taking time to read this hub and appreciating it. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. I am also thankful for the additional inputs you posted. It is indeed very true. The true source of power for living a victorious christian life is a marvelous personal relationship with the living God. Powerful relationship with God is the key in becoming victorious overcoming trials and adversities. Thank you RevLady for reminding us. Blessings to you and regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi samsons1 it is great to read your comment for this hub. Thank you for gracing this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Yes Apostle Paul has also learned contentment because of his great love for the Lord Jesus. His sufficiency is in Christ alone and finds great joy in loving Him moment by moment of his life. That's why amidst the fiery adversities and intense sufferings he was able to prevail because of his love for Christ. He is complete in loving Jesus. By the grace of God, we can also be like Paul by finding our sufficiency and all in all in Christ alone. Blessings to you and your family and regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi fred allen it is very encouraging to read your comment for this hub. Thank you for dropping by and appreciating this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. The best thing in life is to be simple and modest and dwell in the promises of God. When we possess the Kingdom of God, we possess the greatest thing in this life sufficient to make our life complete and thus sufficient reason to make us content in everything. Blessings to you and your family and regards.

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Unchained Grace it is great to hear from you again. Thank you for taking time to read this hub. Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank you also for posting additional inputs. Truly knowing who we are in God we can be content. Being aware of our real identity as a child of God is sufficient reason to make our life complete and thus be contented. There is no greater blessing than becoming a true child of God. I deeply agree with you. Remain blessed always and regards.

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      RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      In the maturity of Paul's faith, he was able to declare contentment in any and every situation. He believed that in the strength of Christ Jesus he could do all things.

      Mature Christians do not have time to sit around and feel sorry for him or herself. We adjust to our circumstance and work within it. We refuse to allow any situation, regardless of how challenging or devastating it may have been, to deter us from our faith or mission.

      It has been my personal discovery that living close to the Power Source takes the limits off of us. If we live close to the Power Source, the Source will strengthen and take care of the substance. If we take care of God’s business, God will take care of our business which is His business.

      Wonderful, thoughtful and edifying hub Cristina. Voted up and awesome and shared!

      Love, peace and joy in Him!

      Forever His,

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      Sam 6 years ago from Tennessee

      up and beautiful! Even though many Christians look to Paul, I think we oftentimes forget he also said that he had learned no matter what state he was in to find contentment-- Could we find contentment in prison or praying for a thorn to be removed, that never was??? Neither can we attain the same relationship Jesus had with the Father, but that does not mean we shouldn't try. Jesus and the apostle Paul were great examples for the Christian walk...

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      fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      This is the most powerful hub I've read in some time. You nailed it! It reminds me of a song by Kutless "If I lost it all, would my hands stay lifted? To the God who gives and takes away. If You take it all, this life You've given, still my heart would sing to You." If we have tis same attitude, we will do very well. What has more value than the approval and presence of God our Father?...NOTHING! It's why CEO's of companies leave their job to serve in third world nations. To serve the King who came to serve us. Bless you cristina. This will set the tone for my day!

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      Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Cristina, inner contentment first comes from knowing who God says you are. Often, discontent is a byproduct of uncertainty.

      "I am who God says I am."

      The things of this world will come and go. Money, a nice house and whatever other trappings might suffice for a season, but they'll increase and decrease. The inner joy and contentment allows us to ride through it all.

      "Hallelujah, anyway."

      You might have $25 and a little bit of food today and maybe that situation will change tomorrow. That's the world. Not reliable.

      Your praise, prayer, faith and obedience to God in the best and worst of times shows God what you really made of.

      Are you into idolatry on Wednesday and praising God on Friday when your money shows up? He sees that, too.

      Joy, contentment and praise are the oil which smooths the rough seas for you. They may still be rough, but these'll get you through. Thanks for this Hub!~

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      cristina327 6 years ago from Manila

      Hi Decemberheart it is great to hear from you. Thank you for appreciating this hub. Insights from this hub were taken from the book by Jeremiah Burroughs entitled " The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment." Jeremiah Burroughs was a 17th century puritan writer. Your visit and comment is much appreciated. Blessings to you and regards.

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      Decemberheart 6 years ago from Georgia

      This hub is so wonderful. Thank you so much for posting it. I will read it many times for it is the desire of my heart to have this thought fall on me like a gentle rain and soak into the soil of my soul.