Godly Contentment

But godliness with contentment is great gain, [7] for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.

1 Timothy 6:6-7 ESV

Godly contentment. I have found it difficult this week to have godly contentment in my life. I have been assaulted with so many different thoughts, emotions, and feelings that are weighing me down. Although this weight is in my mind I can feel it affecting every area of my life. My heart, mind, soul, and strength have all been greatly affected by this continual wave of fear and guilt. So once again, God’s word speaks directly into my immediate need of the moment.

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Training for Godliness

Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; [8] for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

1 Timothy 4:7-8 ESV

Train myself for godliness… I find myself at odds with this passage at most times in my heart. Not that I don’t believe it’s true and not that I don’t think it’s important in my life. I find the problem to be that I forget the importance of training for godliness. I neglect my training and discipline by letting my times of discipline become rote and mundane. I turn my training into half-hearted tick boxes to make myself feel like I am training for godliness, when all the while I am just going through the motions to make myself feel better. To appease my desire for godliness. Yet, I walk away throughout the day with scarcely a thought from my meditation and reading. Even worse, I let my flesh immediately speak into and over what I just learned about myself and God.

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The Foremost Sinner

The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost.

1 Timothy 1:15 ESV

Humility. This is seemingly written on every page of the Bible in some form of fashion. Paul is speaking to Timothy (and to me) about not only the necessity of humility in this life, but it’s basic underlying truth of our salvation. The secret to Paul’s intimate relationship with Christ is that he never forgets what his fleshly nature is… A sinner… The foremost of sinners. And as Paul continued to mature in his faith and God continued to grant him revelation and deeper intimacy, his humility was strengthened alongside. God worked humility in Paul’s heart even as the gifts and blessings abounded in his life.

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