The Love Challenge

 

THE LOVE CHALLENGE

Part 4 – Love Is Content
1 Corinthians 13:1-4

January 30, 2022
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy…

1. ENVY ALWAYS DAMAGES US.

A. Envy steals away personal peace and happiness.

Proverbs 14:30 A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones!

B. Envy causes us to make poor decisions.

Ecclesiastes 4:4  I have learned why people work so hard to succeed. It’s because they envy the things their neighbors have.

C. Envy destroys relationships.

1. Titus 3:3  Our lives were full of resentment and envy.  We hated others and they hated us.

2. James 3:16  For where you find envy you find every evil practice.

2. THE SOLUTION FOR ENVY IS CONTENTMENT.

A. 1 Timothy 6:6  But godliness with contentment is great gain.

B. Philippians  4:11  Not that I speak from want; for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

C. The word contentment means: “Desiring no more than what one has; to be satisfied.”

D. God does not mean that to be contented we are simply to accept the status quo.  We aren’t to simply accept injustice.  We aren’t to be satisfied with sin or failure.  We are not to be satisfied with what we know or how far we have grown or how deep our relationships are with God or others.  It is right to strive to improve, to learn, to grow, to develop.  It is right to correct wrongs.  So, there are some things we are never to be contented with.

E. Our contentment is to come in two areas:

1. We are to be contented with God’s leadership in our life.

2. We are to be contented with God’s provision in our life.  

a. What God wants is our willingness to be grateful for what we already have.

b. Envy accuses God of wrongfully giving others what He should have given us.

c. I Timothy 6:6-8  Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

d. God wants you to trust Him to give you what you need.

Matthew 6:31-33  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

F. How do we develop contentment in our lives?

1. Stop comparing yourself to others.

2 Corinthians 10:12  We do not dare classify or compare ourselves.  It is not wise.

2. Decide that you are willing to live on what God has already given you.

Proverbs 15:17  Better is a dish of vegetables where love is, Than a fattened ox and hatred with it.

3. Decide you are at peace for others to have more than you.

4. Decide you are willing for others to “succeed” beyond you.

5. Give to others in need.

1 Timothy 6:17-19  Tell those who are rich not to trust in their money which will soon be gone. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good, to give happily to those in need, always being ready to share with others whatever God has given them. 19 By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in heaven. It is the only safe investment for eternity.

6. Focus on loving the person you are tempted to envy.