Being content

A selection of verses showing what a believer’s attitude in life should be.

King David writes that a little wealth of the good is better than the riches of the wicked:

Psalms 37 verse 16

16 Better is a little that the righteous has, 
than the abundance of many wicked. 

 David’s son Solomon says very much the same:

Proverbs 16 verse 8

8 Better is a little with righteousness, 
than great revenues with injustice. 

Ecclesiastes 4 verse 6

6 Better is a handful, with quietness, than two handfuls with labour and chasing after wind. 

Jesus himself says that we should not be anxious as God will provide all our needs:

Matthew 6 verses 25 - 26

25 Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?

The apostle Paul writes that the combination of contentment and godliness is a tremendous asset:

1 Timothy 6 verses 6 - 10

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. 8 But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 

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