Content(ment) – Part II

 

 

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.”

 

A Mohandas Gandhi quote on “contentment” per brainyquote.com:

“Man falls from the pursuit of the ideal of plan living and high thinking the moment he wants to
multiply his daily wants. Man's happiness really lies in contentment.

Mohandas Gandhi

 

 

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:

 

 

 

James 3:16 (NIV):
15 Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual,
      of the devil.
16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and
       every evil practice.
17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,
      considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

 

Heb. 13:5 (NIV):

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge
    the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have,
     because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
6 So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
      What can man do to me?"

 

1 Cor. 10:10 (NIV):

9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes.
10 And do not grumble, as some of them did—and were killed by the destroying angel.
11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for
     us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.

 

 

2 Pet. 1:4 (NIV):       Making One's Calling and Election Sure

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our
    knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through
     them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the
     world caused by evil desires.
5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and
     to goodness, knowledge;

 

 

 Rom. 5:2 (NIV):     Peace and Joy

1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through
    our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.
    And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering
    produces perseverance;

 

 

 

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