Contentment vs Covetousness overview


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This overview looks at how to recognize the difference between contentment while pursuing goals vs. the bitter fruits of covetousness, envy and resentment.


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Realizing that God has already provided everything I need for my present happiness.  :

Realizing that God has already provided everything I need for my present happiness .   “having food & raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Tim 6:8   “…for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am,  therewith  to be content.” Phil.4:11(b) Character Sketches, Vol. 3 IBLP, 1978, pages 78-127 Information also drawn from Character First! Business Character Bulletin 3 rd Edition No. 39, various Character Councils, & other websites An Overview

Defining “contentment”:

Defining “contentment” “An internal satisfaction which does not demand changes in external circumstances ” Holman Bible Dictionary From late Middle English denoting the payment of a claim: fr . French contentement ; c . 1400, from Old French  content , "satisfied," from Latin  contentus  "contained, satisfied”

Defining “covetousness”:

Defining “ covetousness” Betsa ’ From H1214; plunder; by extension gain (usually unjust): - covetousness, (dishonest) gain, lucre, profit. And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words , but they will not do them : for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness . Ezekial 33:31

From Russia with love…:

From Russia with love… Like the tumbleweed, the Christian should adapt ~ deal with the base things in life, find the good, be grateful for what He gives, & produce much “seed”… Just roll with it

How content are you?:

How content are you? What is really more important t o you, people or things ? How often do you complain (about anything)? Do you find yourself wanting just “one more”? Is jealousy a factor?

Benefits of choosing to be content:

Benefits of choosing to be content *Produces calm *Brings satisfaction *Builds relationships *Prepares one for change

Balancing contentment…:

Balancing contentment… * Take action … don’t wait for perfect circumstances; work with what you have to accomplish the task * Pursue excellence … complacency is not contentment so work to do your best * Share freely… manage your resources so you can be generous to those in need

Upcoming areas of Contentment… Lesson 1:

Upcoming areas of Contentment… Lesson 1 Valuing God-given relationships more than earthy possessions .   While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18  

Lesson 2:

Lesson 2 Realizing I am indestructible until my work is done. But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.  My times are in thy hand... Psalm 31:14-15a

Lesson 3  :

Lesson 3   Avoiding the bondage of personal expectations.       My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.    Psalm 62:5

Lesson 4   :

Lesson 4   Rejoicing in the way God designed me. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; & that my soul knoweth right well.     Psalm 139:14    


Contentment Realizing that God has already provided everything I need…

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