Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment

May 27, 2011

Having recently posted some thoughts and resources about dealing with our discontent, I thought I might offer something from the other direction – how to cultivate godly contentment.  As Paul wrote to his protege, Timothy: “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”  (1 Timothy 6.6)

Thanks to the folks at Monergism, Jeremiah Burroughs‘ classic The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment can be read free online.

  1. Christian Contentment Described
  2. Mystery of Contentment
  3. How Christ Teaches Contentment
  4. The Excellence of Contentment
  5. Evils of a Murmuring Spirit
  6. Aggravations of the Sin of Murmuring
  7. Excuses of a Discontented Heart
  8. How to Attain Contentment

2 Responses to “Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment”

  1. David Says:

    Dennis, I love the rest of the verse. It says “But Goldlyness with contentement is great gain, for we brought nothing into this world and we can carry nothing out; having food and rainment therewith be content” !

    Now thats contentment ! How many of us would be content with just food and what we wear ? If we answered that question in an honest way probably none of us ! Just look at our homes, cars, jobs, the things & possesions, even family as well as all we hold close etc… Some big issue rapped around this statement.

  2. Dennis Griffith Says:

    David, You are right on target. I do not often experience moments of such contentment – even with much more! That’s one of the reasons I posted this. I am not an expert. I am just trying to cultivate contentment in my own heart.


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