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The secret of Contentment
Many have learnt that contentment cannot be bought like merchandise. No wonder, contentment is elusive in our world that fosters a desire for more earthly possessions and greater achievements. Is it possible to be content? Yes is possible to be content. I now invite you to consider five secrets of contentment found in God’s Word.
Love People, Not Money and Possessions
The Bible says in 1 Timothy 6:10 “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows”
Most times societal influence tends to lead us on the path of discontentment. Our society want us to slave to gain money so that we can spend it on newer, better, bigger items. Money is seductive and we can easily be obsessed with it, if we are not care. We will end up feeling the pain and suffering that associates with the of love money. The love of money has led millions astray from the word of God, for the love of money people will kill their own brother, mother or father.
King Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 5:10, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity”.
The comfort and things that money brings is for our good and we are suppose to control money but when we start to idolize it, that is when our problem starts. It then becomes a lord and god over the affairs of our lives.
Imitating God and learn to love people more than your earthly possession. Even God was willing to give up his son because of love for people (John 3:17).There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving. Make it a practice to give to others of our time and resources, true contentment comes from loving and being loved
Avoid Comparing Yourself With Others
“Do your own work well, and then you will have something to be proud of. But don't compare yourself with others.” Galatians 6:4(Contemporary English Version)
It is in our nature as human, to compare our progress or success with that of those around us, sometime with those who have less than we have, often with those who are stronger, wealthier, or more talented than we are. We mistakenly assume that a person’s worth is determined by what he has or what he is able to do. Comparing ourselves with others may also stir up feelings of envy and a spirit of competition - Ecclesiastes 4:4.
You will stop comparing yourself with others, when you begin to see yourself as God sees you. God cares for you, you are very important to Him, do you know that He knows the precise number of hairs on your head - Luke 12:7. You are first in His agenda; after all He has engraved you on the palm of His hand – Isaiah 49:16
Why comparing yourself with another, when you are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and you have been made a little lower than the angels, and have crowned you with glory and honour - Psalms 8:5, do you know that Satan is jealous about your relationship with God. Just be yourself for He understands your limitations and urges you to respect them too.
Develop an appreciative attitude to life
“In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;” - Ephesians 5:20
In our everyday lives we are surrounded by people who are haughty and unthankful, attitudes that can rub off on us. Additional we are so burdened with everyday problems or so engrossed in the pursuit of our own interest that we do not have time to appreciate what we already have or to express appreciation for what others do for us.
Yes you may feel overwhelmed by problems of life, but make time to meditate on the blessings you now enjoy. Think about what others have done to help you, and express appreciation for their efforts. Learn to appreciate God every day (Ecclesiastes 9:11). King David is one man that never got tired of appreciating God at every point in his life and God referred to David as a man after His heart.
Also appreciate your wife, your husband, your children, your family, friends or other blessings now than when they are gone. By expressing your thankfulness to God in prayer for all He has done daily and appreciating those around you regularly, you maintain an appreciative spirit and cultivate contentment.
Choose your friends wisely
“He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” - Proverbs 13:20
When I was a kid growing up my mom gave me all sorts of advice. Today I can still hear her saying, “Chidozie choose your friends wisely, because people can tell a lot about you by the company you keep. Our fundamental beliefs and attitudes are greatly influenced by the people we allow into our lives. If we are around people who murmur and complain, we’re likely to exhibit the same behavior. - 1 Corinthians 15:33
Your associations are some of the most powerful factors in determining who you become and what you accomplish in your life. As an example, if you hang out in the company of friends who are never satisfied, it will difficult to remain content.
The friendship of David and Jonathan has remained a veritable reference of biblical friendship. Jonathan often risked his life for the sake of David, his friend, whom his father, Saul, passionately hated and sought to kill. Yet Jonathan, whose soul was knit with David’s, did not betray his friend. Jonathan was committed to David as a true friend to the end.
You need friends like that, one who strives to be content and who have your best interests at heart. – Proverb 17:17. To attract friends of that sort you need to display those same qualities yourself. Cultivating friendship is one of life’s greatest privileges and challenges.
Life is not all about what you get but what you give another person to make his or her life meaningful. Friendship in the Christian fold implies that we relate with one another with Christ-like love and tenderness. – John 13:34
Satisfy Your Spiritual Need
In Matthew 4:3-4, the tempter came to tempt Jesus, after fasting for forty days and forty nights, knowing Jesus was hungry, but the answer, the tempter got shocked him. Jesus replied “it is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Jesus recognized that we as Christians also have spiritual need that has to be fed by the word of God regularly.
But today in our world there are many different religions, which teach conflicting ways to satisfy your spiritual need. But your spiritual need as a Christians is to believe that life is meaningful and has a purpose, which cannot be fully satisfied with material goods, possessions or superficial relationships, but by feeding your soul daily with words from the bible. And as you are applying its’ wise counsel, your devotion to God will deepen and you will able to achieve lasting contentment. However it’s sad for those who never find meaning in their lives, who never discover God’s love, or who try to find happiness by acquiring more and more money or possessions
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