Christian Contentment vs AnxietyQUESTION: Christian Contentment – Be Anxious for NothingANSWER:Being content is the opposite of being worried or anxious.
Being worried or anxious is the opposite of having faith.
Therefore, being content is a sign of our faith.
This is why the Bible tells us that we should not be anxious - it shows a lack of faith in our God who has promised to always be with us, to never leave or forsake us, and to supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. Just a few verses before Paul said he had learned to be content, he said:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).Christian Contentment – Attitude of Peace
Have you ever wondered how it is that a missionary can give up all the conveniences of home to go to some distant land to have practically nothing in comparison? Have you ever wondered how a person facing some grave illness can meet it head on with a cheerful smile, a graceful attitude, and a loving spirit? Have you ever wondered how someone who has lost a lifelong companion, or perhaps a sibling, or even a child can show such courage and strength in the midst of sorrow? I have seen the faith of many such believers, and by their own testimony it is because they experience the peace and contentment that comes from knowing Jesus. Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid" (John 14:27).
What a strong message of faith we send out to the world when we can face whatever life throws at us with an attitude of peace and contentment. Every believer can learn to be content. Every believer can have the peace of God that passes understanding. Every believer can allow their faith to give them rest in the middle of the storm. If we are going to be free to serve God, we must be free from anxiety and worry. The world must see The Message of Faith in Our Contentment.
What message do you send to your family and friends about your faith? Have you learned by faith to be content?
Rendered with permission from the booklet, Free to Serve God: 7 Principles Every Believer Should Know,
by James O. Jones, Jr. (Light of Life Ministry, revised printing 2009). Compliments of James O. Jones, Jr., and Light of Life Ministry
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