Godliness with Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 

‘Contentment’ we have the commandment of 1Thessalonians 4:11 to study to be quiet and to do our own business, and to work with our own hands. The thought is that of a disposition and life of peace, and contentment; even temperament; to be meek; and learn self-control in all things; not to permit anything to disturb or cause a display of temper tantrums or disturb the peace of others. There will always be a few idle, tattling people, who, instead of working, go from place to place carrying on gossip, meddling with the business of others, and causing splits or divisions. But if we want to keep on being content, we can never partake in such practices, we must do our own business, leave others alone, hold on to our peace, walk honestly toward the world, and work with our own hands so we would have no time to be idle (1Thess. 4:11-12).

Christ answered the soldiers in Luke 3:14 to be content with their wages. Our lives must not be lived to make money but to honour God and live accordingly. We cannot serve God and mammon – riches (Matt. 6:24) but we must seek God’s kingdom and His righteousness – to live without sin – and He will add all that we need to our lives (Matt. 6:33).

‘Godliness’ [Greek: eusebeia] Godliness with sufficient material blessings of food and clothing should make one content with life (6:6-8).

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