Sunday, 5. January 2020

The Negative Side Of Contentment

In a previous lesson, last month, we began a discussion of the topic of Contentment. We looked at the positive side of contentment where there are areas of our lives where we need to remain content. Contentment is something that we should learn and we can look to the examples of David (Ps. 18) and the apostle Paul (Phil. 4; 1 Cor. 4; 2 Cor. 11) in learning how to remain content in times of extreme adversity. We also learned that true contentment comes when we put our complete trust in God. Therefore, it is possible to be content no matter the circumstances (Phil. 4:11). If we can learn to be content like this we can easily sing “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.” (#560, Hymns for Worship) We should be able to conclude that this type of contentment is a very good virtue. However, I also stated or proposed the question, “Can contentment become a vice?” This creates a paradox, for how can contentment be both good and bad? Are there times when we are content and should be discontent?
Scripture: Phil. 4:10-13