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The New Testament mentions contentment five times. Two different Greek words are used. Let’s look at them and learn a lesson on being content.

1. Luke 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content [#714 satisfied] with your wages. (KJV)

2. Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content [#842 independent of external circumstances]. (KJV) (Being willing to accept where God has placed me in life and willing to devote my energies to the advancement of His kingdom and not my own.)

3. 1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment [#714 satisfaction] is great gain. (KJV) (“Contentment lies not in what is yours, but in whose you are.”)

4. 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content [#842 independent of external circumstances] . (KJV) (Not wanting too be like, have or do what others are doing!)

5. Hebrews 13:5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (NIV) (“It means to be free from inner turmoil, satisfied with one’s material and financial state, and in possession of a sense of peace regardless of one’s circumstances or feelings.”)

How do we learn and teach contentment to our families? The best way to start is to do a study of the Seven Keys To Promote and Protect Contentment from I Timothy 6. Here they are, why don’t you jot them into your Bibles?