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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Nov. 4, 2010 - Godly Contentment

By Beatrice Northcutt

“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” (1 Timothy 6:6-8, KJV).

Paul was writing to his son in the faith, Timothy, and was giving him instructions on how to live a godly life. Paul reminded Timothy to be much in prayer for men in authority and cautioned him about false teachings and disputes. One false teaching claimed godliness was reflected by gain in this world’s goods. Paul told Timothy to withdraw himself from such teaching (verse 5).

Paul went on to say that godliness (or devotion to God) with contentment was great gain. A close relationship with God and putting our trust in Him brings the contentment Paul was talking about. It doesn’t take a luxurious home, three or four cars and a large bank account to be content. In fact, Paul was saying it was wrong to trust in riches, for they could be a snare and cause one to stop trusting in God.

Paul wasn’t saying it was wrong to be rich, but that the wrong attitude about worldly gain could destroy a man’s soul, (verses 9, 10.)

Paul cautioned the rich that they not be high-minded, or not elevate themselves above others, but to do good to all men (verse 17).

Being content with what we have is the greatest gain we could ever achieve. People who always bemoan their station in life and are not satisfied with what they have are the most miserable people on earth. But the poorest of people who trust in God and are thankful for what they have are the richest in all things that really matter.

In 1 Timothy 6:7,8, Paul is saying, “We brought nothing into this world, and we can carry nothing out. So if we have food and clothing we should be content.” David said in Psalm 37:25, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.” In Hebrews 13:5 we read, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

What provisions God makes for His own!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.



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