First Timothy chapter six verse six says “But godliness with contentment is great gain”. In Philippians 4 verse 11, Paul tells us “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am in”.
So what is contentment? One explanation is that contentment could be a state of having accepted one’s situation and is a milder and more tentative form of happiness. What’s the difference between the two? Happiness is described as an experience usually accompanied by positive thinking and even laughter; whereas contentment is a long lasting feeling accompanied by peacefulness, gratitude and satisfaction.
When we take attention off ourselves and focus it on others (which is possible when we are trusting in our Lord and Friend in every circumstance), we can find this contentment that Paul describes. Leading people to joy of life in Christ and helping them fulfill their Godly purpose brings contentment in Christ.
Five of the various attributes of contentment are: – satisfaction, lack of envy, humility, discipline and integrity. Integrity is a value which requires courage, wisdom and contentment for it to grown. Christ in you (is) the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27). Contentment is finding joy in what God has given to you. The opposite is greed which destroys your capacity to enjoy what God has freely give us. Contentment is a Christian grace that grows over time.
Some tips we can apply to find more contentment in our lives are: (a) Practice gratitude (b) Take control of our attitude (c) learn to enjoy the simple things that don’t cost money (d) stop comparing ourselves to others (e) Help others.
Our lives are hidden in Christ and in Him, we live and move and have our being. As we practice being aware of His Presence, hidden in the secret place of His love and protection, contentment will grow.