Gain or Great Gain
June 24, 2020: SOAP #3856: 2Kings 11,12; 2Chronicles 24; 1Timothy 6
Scripture: 1Timothy (NIV) 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Observation: The Apostle Paul is warning young Timothy about people who can cause trouble in the church. Much of this chapter is given to the subject of money, so it is understandable that the word 'gain' in verse 5 includes gaining financial wealth. Some people may feel that an increase in wealth proves they are living godly lives"proves that they have God's blessing. Some people use their relationships in the church to benefit themselves financially.
Godliness cannot be measured by one's wealth. However, being happy in a godly life is truly 'great gain.'
Application: What a blessing to have peace and joy in the living of a godly life. What a blessing to live without any self-condemnation. What a blessing to know that my day has been pleasing to God. What a blessing to know that God smiles on me. What a blessing to know that I have made God smile. What a blessing to know that I have brought joy to God's heart.
It is a joy when God brings financial gain into my lifebut it is a greater joy to know that I brought joy to HIS heart by the way I managed His gift.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, what a blessing to have God-like-ness (Godliness) in my life. You sent your Son to show me how to live in a way that pleases you. You sent your Holy Spirit to help me live it. Amen
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