Day 57


'But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.' I Timothy 6:6-8

Contentment, like comparing, can either be good or bad, depending on how you handle it. In our mind's eye we can easily see the slothful man sitting on his sofa with a bottle of beer watching a sporting event on television. Such a man may be content, but not in the way Paul admonishes Timothy.

Contentment is the product of gratitude and anger is the product of discontentment. It is hard to be content with your lot in life and be ungrateful at the same time. Paul underlines the importance of con-tentment in his epistle to Timothy. He tells us that a life of contentment is profitable.

The Psalmist talks a great deal about being glad. It is a command, and obeying the command is possible only if you are grateful. The opposite of glad is anger. Angry people are ungrateful people. Such people have a diminished ability to absorb the perceived slights and injustices of others. They tend to be touchy and confrontational. They are unpleasant to be around. People with a glad heart tend to be more magnanimous, ignoring such slights, giving others the benefit of the doubt.

Thus it is easy to see how your awareness of your indebtedness to God influences the totality of your life. When you acknowledge that God is good in all that He does, and you affirm His goodness by a life of gratitude, it appreciably influences your ability to get along with others, mitigates your propensity to anger, and fills your life with contentment.

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