Godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6

Secrets—whether a grandmother’s special recipe or a company’s unique product formula—are rarely revealed. In his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul provided all who would read the Scriptures with the secret of contented living: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The Greek word for contentment is translated “self-sufficiency” or “self-satisfaction.” That may surprise you. At first glance, Paul appeared to say that the secret to contentment lay in his resilient self (Philippians 4:13).

But he was expressing this: “My self-sufficiency, my level of contentment, lies in the sufficiency of Christ to meet my every need. I can endure rain or shine, darkness or light, sorrow or joy, because through Him, I am equipped and sustained.”

Paul’s secret is yours. Despite circumstances, you can enjoy true contentment when you accept the truth that Christ is adequate for your every need—in good times and bad.

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