Devotions for January 18, 2017

1 TIMOTHY 6:6-11

6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. 11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

TRUE CONTENTMENT

Paul was no stranger to being in need: shipwrecked, jailed, beaten, abandoned. Yet, a greater force than his physical circumstances drove him to preach the Gospel with full momentum

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why is the love of money a hidden trap? Why is Paul warning Timothy, a young pastor, and us about this snare?

Q: Are you practicing contentment in God so that He is the greater force in your life?

Q: Paul says our only debt to each other should be the debt of love. Who can you pray for and love today regardless of your current circumstances?

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