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Contentment builds character (1)

Posted by pathhministry on October 11, 2010 at 8:11 PM

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Contentment builds character (1)

By

Napoleon Black


TEXT (Phil. 4:13)

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (NIV)

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency]. (Amp. Bible)

For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. (NLT)


COMMENTARY

Contentment is having a sense of satisfaction and ease with one’s present situation. Paul was in prison and evidently he was without some basic necessities. The Philippian saints sent him some gift to relieve his situation. He writes to tell them thanks and adding that whether or not he had received their gift he was content.

 


Sometimes this verse is misunderstood and is read to mean that the believer can simply rise above anything through Christ who gives him strength. It is true, but what Paul has in mind here is that the believer can be content in the most depriving of circumstances through Christ who is his sufficiency. Instead of meeting a physical need, Christ may instead give the grace to feel a sense of satisfaction in Him, even though the hunger may be telling.

 


Contentment is character building. It is believing that in the state and space that we find ourselves, we can trust God, believing in the goodness of God, knowing that God is using the circumstances - hunger, a broken relationship, a loss – to teach us to trust Him. It is positively enduring in the face of factors that could easily cause discontentment, because God gives His strength.

 


Something to Meditate on:

Contentment is trusting God even if things do not go the way I want.


A decision I need to make

What am I not content about in my life?


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