The compensation of godly contentment

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MW

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Hugh Binning, Works, p. 421:

It is a man’s mind that makes peace or war, it is not outward things; but in the midst of peace he may be in trouble, and in the midst of trouble in peace, according as he hath satisfaction and contentment in his own breast: for what is all the grace of a Christian? It is godliness with contentment; it is not godliness and riches, godliness and honour or pleasure, godliness and outward peace. No, no; contentment compenseth [compensates] all these, and hath in it eminently all the gain and advantage of these. A man in honour, a rich man, having no contentment in it, is really as poor, as ignominious, as the poor and despised man. If contentment then be without these things, certainly they cannot be missed; for where contentment is not with them, it only is missed, and they not considered. Contentment is all the gain that men seek in riches, and honour, and pleasure; if a godly man have that same without them, he then hath all the gain and advantage, and wants nothing, but some trouble that ordinarily attends them. Outward peace cannot add to inward peace, and so the want of it cannot diminish.
 

BGF

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Thank you for this timely post. By the grace of God I grow in contentment. I am reminded to thank him and praise him.
 
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