WAY OF GODLINESS!Stella Dhinakaran

... godliness with contentment is great gain.     (1 Timothy 6:6)

The Dhinakarans Godliness with contentment is great gain. Let us be content with our provisions. The Bible warns us that excess love of money would pave ways for us to be strayed from faith and be pierced with many sorrows (1 Timothy 6:10). Such thoughts are not needed for those who decide to live as faithful devotees of the Lord. "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Accordingly, the Lord gives all good things to those who trust Him and who give Him the first place in their hearts, exceedingly abundantly above all that they ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). Instead of receiving these assured blessings easily, when we try to find riches through our own strength effort and wisdom, plenty are the problems. Let us leave it and try to walk godly telling Him, “Lord, come into my heart. Lead me by Your hand so that I would do only the things that are pleasing to You.” This is the godly way, pleasing to the Lord.

Today, many women are enslaved by destroyable worldly things such as the lust of the eye, lust of the flesh and the pride of life (1 John 2:16,17). But those who have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires alone can be victorious in life (Galatians 5:24). There is no other way, except the way of godliness that can give abiding joy in the Lord and the peace which the world cannot give.

Once I met a woman, who is doing God’s ministry. When she was young, she would dress in modern ways, read filthy story books and lived as she liked, walking in the sight of her eyes (Ecclesiastes 11:9). But she regularly attended the church on Sundays. Those who saw her outward appearance did not know about her inner state. The Lord was eagerly waiting, knowing that someday she would repent and walk in His ways. The day arrived! When her life which was going smooth, began to go in a rough path, she suffered in agony. In that state, when no man could help her, she shed bitter tears in loneliness. Jesus, who was waiting for such a chance, came in search of her with great love, and spoke to her lovingly. She was heart-broken that she had rejected such a great divine love. She knelt down and committed her whole life to the Lord, telling Him, “Jesus, forgive me. I have realized that except You, there is no other way for me. Lead me from now on. I commit myself to You fully.” After that, there were so many changes in her life. She became a new creation. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). According to this verse, her life became totally transformed. Now she could not dress as she liked or read the books that are displeasing to God and go to places which are not liked by Him. Instead people were amazed to see ‘the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit’ in her.

Dearly beloved, out of the above mentioned two kinds of ways, which one are you going to choose? Is it the worldly way of outward beautification? Or the godly way of incorruptible beauty? If you choose to follow the worldly way, you would face a time when you would be wallowing in loneliness! Those who decide to follow God's ways would be privileged to enjoy God’s presence always. The God of gods would be pleased with you and will always be with you. "For what great nation is there that has God so near to it, as the LORD our God is to us, for whatever reason we may call upon Him?” (Deuteronomy 4:7). Everyone, who trusts Him and is devoted to Him, can surely inherit this promise. Yes, what a privilege that the Lord who created the universe is with us!

The Bible says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). Here, this verse speaks of a heart with contentment. Praise God for what He gives. A person who is thankful to God for all the good things He has given him shall receive blessings in abundance.

Prayer:

Loving Lord Jesus,

I thank You for all the good things You have bestowed on me. I trust in your goodness and choose to lead a life of contentment. Enable me to receive blessings in abundance. Raise me up from my humble state and set me in a high place.

In Your matchless name I pray.

Amen.
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