The Pursuit of Happiness - Cultivating Contentment

Series: The Pursuit of Happiness

Sunday, January 28, 2018 | By Gary Holmes

The Pursuit of Happiness - Cultivating Contentment

Lasting happiness comes from good relationships with God, others and self. The major path is via forgiveness and reconciliation. What are the major challenges for this journey? It involves the ability to cultivate contentment in our lives, regardless of our circumstances. The happiness that we all desire goes deep, and the Bible gives direction to that abiding peace, hope and joy for our lives.

Gary Holmes


Associated Scripture Passage(s):

Philippians 4:4-13

Philippians 4:4-13

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

10 I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. 11 Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. 12 I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. 13 I can do all things through him who strengthens me. (ESV)

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