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Have You Learned To Be Content?

Discussion in 'Controversial Christian Theology' started by Minister Monardo, Jan 29, 2021.

  1. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Matthew 11:30 For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.

    This verse is often quoted out of context, particularly in regards to grace, and how
    little is expected of us, because of Christ’s finished work on the Cross. Consider the
    previous verses for context.


    Matthew 11:
    27
    All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son
    except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one

    to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
    28
    Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
    29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
    and you will find rest for your souls.



    Everyone’s circumstances are different, but life has plenty of challenges offered that
    enable us to learn from Christ. His yoke always brings the same results: a meek and
    gentle spirit, and shalom. Notice that it has been granted to the Son to reveal the Father
    to whomsoever He Wills. Who is He calling out to? Those who labor and are heavy laden.
    Is the rest found in the removing of the burden, or the revealing of The Father?


    Philippians 3:21 He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His
    glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all
    things to Himself.


    Consider another popular, oft-quoted verse.
    Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

    Sounds like something you might hear from a motivational speaker, or read on the wall
    of a sports locker room. Context?

    Philippians 4:
    11
    Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am,
    to be content:
    12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in
    all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and
    to suffer need.


    Paul faced labors and was heavy laden, and in the midst of those challenges, he found
    rest for his soul. This is learning from Christ to be content.

    1 Timothy 6:6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain.

    Are you looking for the Lord to take you to the next level? Find contentment where
    you are now, or you aren't going anywhere. Are you seeking the Father's Will?

    John 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’
    Therefore everyone who has heard and learned of the Father comes to Me.

    Matthew 9:13 Now go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’
    For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.
     
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  2. timothyu

    timothyu Well-Known Member

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    The ways of the Kingdom are better than the opposite ways of man, and when it comes to the world of man, mind your own business and leave them to theirs.
     
  3. tdidymas

    tdidymas Newbie

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    Since you're bringing up verses taken out of context, I'd like to add one:

    Prov. 23:7 "For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he..."

    This is often misquoted: "As a man thinketh in is heart, so is he."

    The misquote radically changes the context of Prov. 23:7. The "he" in the verse is a certain man who is a deceiver, according to the context of the verse. It is not the generic "any man" as the misquote indicates.

    Even Christians often think bad thoughts and struggle with sinful ideas. This does not make the Christian a sinner. I contend that the statement "as a man thinketh in is heart, so is he" is a false idea. What a person thinks does not make that person. What a person does is what makes that person, according to scripture. God will judge every man according to what they do, not what they think.

    Proverbs also says that a fool speaks whatever he thinks. So thinking something foolish does not make a person a fool. Rather, it is blurting out whatever foolish thought comes to mind - that's what makes a person a fool. Restraint of thoughts (or lack of restraint) is what reveals the character of a person, whether they be wise or foolish.

    It's the same with so-called "negative" thoughts. Christians have "negative" thoughts all the time. Misquoting a verse from the Bible to make people afraid of "negative" thoughts does not improve the maturity of any Christian. "Negative" thoughts can actually be a good thing, if it is used to motivate right living.

    Obviously, unbelievers have evil thoughts that they don't restrain, because they have little to no motive for doing so. But the point I am making is about Christians, not about unbelievers. And it's about correct interpretation of scripture. The fact that Phil. 4:8-10 exhorts believers to think right thoughts does not justify the misquote and misuse of Prov. 23:7.
    TD:)
     
  4. Victor in Christ

    Victor in Christ Jehovah Tsidkenu

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    This thread title reminded me of Ecclesiastes 4:6 and Matthew 6:19-21.

    Christ's yoke and burden is easy, one can make their earthly life difficult preoccupied with worldly treasures/worries/materialistic things. So much so, they will put them before heavenly things, even break the Lord's day habitually and eventually willingly and care free.
     
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2021
  5. Minister Monardo

    Minister Monardo Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Just a human :)
    The imaginations of the heart are a struggle between the carnal nature, and the Spirit of
    holiness and godliness we have received by promise, which plays out before The Lord,
    even when we guard our lips and actions.

    2 Corinthians 10:
    4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
    5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God,
    bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

    It is the abiding in that Spirit that keeps us from sinning.
    1 John 3:9. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him;
    and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

    Thank you for your thoughtful post. Shalom
     
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