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The Secrets To Contentment

Ice-Breaker:

Share a few areas of your life where you are content, and a few areas where you are discontent.

Questions:

1. Read Philippians 4:11-12. How do you think Paul learned contentment regardless of his circumstances?

2. There are at least 4 enemies of contentment...

1) Unrealistic expectations (expecting life to be smooth all the time).

2) Unfair comparisons (comparing your lot in life to someone else).

3) Unnoticed blessings (taking things we have in life for granted).

4) Uncontrolled ambition (selfishly motivated behavior).

Which of these do you struggle with the most?
What would be a good action plan to overcome each of these enemies of contentment?

3. Read Philippians 4:4-6, 11; Philippians 2:14 and I Thessalonians 5:18. How does developing a spirit of gratitude regardless of your circumstances lead to contentment in life?

4. Read Philippians 4:13,18 and Galatians 1:10. How does seeking to please Jesus alone and not trying to prove yourself to others lead to contentment in life?

5. Read Philippians 4:13. This verse is often used to bolster the fact that we can achieve anything we set our minds to. But in context, this verse really speaks of Christ’s power to make us content even when we don’t achieve all that we might hope for in life. Share an area of your life where you had hoped for something different, and now you need to trust Jesus for the strength to endure.

6. Read Philippians 4:17-19. Paul was more excited about the givers than the gift he received. He showed that he was more concerned with people than things. What action steps can you take to put a higher priority on people as opposed to stuff?

Application:

Contentment in life has little to do with things and circumstances... but it has everything to do with your attitude, your allegiance to Jesus and your affection for people. Of those three areas (your attitude, your allegiance to Jesus or your affection for people), which do you most need to improve and what might you do to improve in that area?

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