Qualities of a pure heart - 5

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Qualities of a pure heart - 5. Contentment. “To be sufficient, to be possessed of sufficient strength, to be strong, to be enough for a thing.” (Vine’s). Contentment. Satisfied, moderation, sufficient, enough. The opposite of covetous or dissatisfied.
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Qualities of a pure heart - 5Contentment
  • “To be sufficient, to be possessed of sufficient strength, to be strong, to be enough for a thing.” (Vine’s)
  • Contentment
  • Satisfied, moderation, sufficient, enough.
  • The opposite of covetous or dissatisfied.
  • An attitude of mind. How do you view your current state of affair!
  • Contentment
  • Does NOT mean laziness or complacency.
  • Laziness is refusal to act (Prov. 6:10-11, 20:13, 2 Thess. 3:6-7, 10, Heb. 6:12)Complacency – Rom. 12:11, Rev. 3:15-18, Jas. 4:17
  • Contentment
  • Discontent leads to…
  • Jealousy, envy, debt, worldliness, bitterness, etc.
  • Contentment
  • Philippians 4:10-13
  • In whatever state I am - sufficient with what he has.
  • “Not that I speak in regard to need.”
  • WHEN needed – both in want AND abundance! Eccl. 5:10
  • Contentment
  • 1 Tim. 6:6-8
  • “godliness with contentment is great gain.”
  • We brought nothing into this world…(1 Jn. 2:17, Matt. 6:19-21)
  • Content with food and clothing – Do we really need everything we have?
  • Contentment
  • Heb. 13:5
  • “Let your conduct be without covetousness. Be content with such things that you have.”
  • Contentment
  • 2 Cor. 9:8, “sufficiency” same word as content!
  • Matt. 16:26, “What profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world…”
  • Luke 3:14, “Be content with your wages…”
  • Contentment
  • Prov. 30:7-9, “Give me neither poverty nor riches – Feed me with the food allotted to me; Lest I be full and deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or lest I be poor and steal, and profane the name of my God.”
  • Contentment
  • Prov. 24:19-20, “Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the wicked; For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.”
  • Contentment
  • Prov. 15:16, “Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure with trouble.”
  • ContentmentDeveloping a content heart
  • It is something that is learned – Phil. 4:11-13
  • Count your blessings
  • Realize what is really important
  • Give thanks
  • ContentmentDeveloping a content heart
  • Learn to trust God and appreciate Him – Phil. 4:13
  • Live within your means!
  • Unselfish!
  • Selfishness is placing one’s own interests over that of others. Vanity, greed, hatred, lust, etc.
  • Unselfishness is placing the interest of others above your own. Willing to share!
  • Unselfish!
  • Problems with selfishness – we think about ourselves, even in helping others (cf. Lk. 18:12, Ac. 5:1-11, 1 Cor. 13:3)Tearing down others, division, stagnation in a congregation.Hindered prayers. Adversity in relationships. Lack of self-control, entitlement attitude, Gal. 5:19-21, Jas. 3:13-16, 4:1
  • Unselfish Examples
  • God, the ultimate example - John 3:16
  • Jesus, John 15:13
  • Paul, Phil. 3:7-9, 2 Cor. 12:15
  • Unselfish Examples
  • Barnabas – Acts 4:36-37
  • Macedonian brethren – 2 Cor. 8:1-5
  • Unselfish
  • Phil. 2:3-4, “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition...”
  • James 3:17, The wisdom from above is, “willing to yield”
  • 1 Cor. 13:4, Love, “does not seek its own”
  • Unselfish
  • Rom. 15:1-2, “bear with the scruples of the weak...”
  • Heb. 13:16, “Do good and share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased”
  • 1 Tim. 6:18
  • Luke 14:12-14
  • UnselfishDeveloping an unselfish heart
  • Consider the greatest giver – God! We can never outgive Him!
  • Strive to think about others!
  • Realize the true value of stuff!
  • UnselfishDeveloping an unselfish heart
  • Start giving and sharing!
  • Is there a sense in which we do think about ourselves? Phil. 2:12, Rom. 12:3 – we are to save ourselves, but to do so requires we think of others!
  • Are you content of heart? Do you think of others?
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