Content(ment) – Part I

 

Question: What is “contentment” for a Christian?

Question:  How is forgiveness related to contentment?

 

 

Per dictionary.com the term “content(ment)” is:

-         the state of being contented; satisfaction; ease of mind.”

-         happiness with one's situation in life.”

 

 

Per wikipedia.org the term “content(ment)” is:

Contentment refers to the neuro-physiological experience of satisfaction and being at
ease in one's situation,
bodymind . . .

 

The following is per Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary  on “contentment”:

a state of mind in which one's desires are confined to his lot whatever it may be
(1 Tim. 6:6; 2 Cor. 9:8). It is opposed to envy (James 3:16), avarice (Heb. 13:5),
ambition (Prov. 13:10), anxiety (Matt. 6:25, 34), and repining (1 Cor. 10:10). It arises
from the inward disposition, and is the offspring of humility, and of an intelligent
consideration of the rectitude and benignity of divine providence (Ps. 96:1, 2; 145), the
greatness of the divine promises (2 Pet. 1:4), and our own unworthiness (Gen. 32:10); as
well as from the view the gospel opens up to us of rest and peace hereafter (Rom. 5:2).”

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

 

Now let’s look at Scripture referenced in Easton’s work:

 

 

Gen. 32:10 (NIV):
9 Then Jacob prayed, "O God of my father Abraham, God of my father Isaac,
      O LORD, who said to me, 'Go back to your country and your relatives, and
      I will make you prosper,'
10  I am unworthy of all the kindness and faithfulness you have shown your servant.
      I had only my staff when I crossed this Jordan, but now I have become two groups.
11  Save me, I pray, from the hand of my brother Esau, for I am afraid he will come
      and attack me, and also the mothers with their children.

 

Prov. 13:10 (NIV):

9 The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little
      makes it grow.

 

Matt. 6:25, 34 (NIV):
24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other,
       or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both
       God and Money.

Do Not Worry
25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
       or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food,
        and the body more important than clothes?
26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns,
      and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable
       than they?             . . .

33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given
      to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.
      Each day has enough trouble of its own.

 

1 Tim. 6:6 (NIV):
5 and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the
  truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.

 

2 Cor. 9:8 (NIV):

7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or
    under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times,
     having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
9 As it is written:
   "He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever."

 

 

Questions:

Question: What is “contentment” for a Christian?

Question:  How is forgiveness related to contentment?

 

References:

The following websites were referenced on July 20, 2007:

http://www.biblegateway.com            http://www.dictionary.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contentment

http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/mohandasga160874.html