The Golden Saying OF Epictetus, VI

But what saith God?—"Had it been possible, Epictetus, I would have made both that body of thine and thy possessions free and unimpeded, but as it is, be not deceived:—it is not thine own; it is but finely tempered clay. Since then this I could not do, I have given thee a portion of Myself, in the power of desiring and declining and of pursuing and avoiding, and is a word the power of dealing with the things of sense. And if thou neglect not this, but place all that thou hast therein, thou shalt never be let or hindered; thou shalt never lament; thou shalt not blame or flatter any. What then? Seemeth this to thee a little thing?"—God forbid!—"Be content then therewith!"

And so I pray the Gods. -Epictetus

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
II Cor. 12:10

6 There is great gain in godliness with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world; 8 but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
I Tim. 6:6-8

What I see hear is a direct statement telling you that in is a very good and righteous thing before God to be content. But I would like to discuss from where this non-contentment comes. When people find themselves in a less than desirable position, there attitude changes from how they were acting before. When something goes wrong for them they immediately start operating in a pre-supposed belief that they grew up with. Examples of those beliefs would be, American Duties, or Family values. When God tells you to turn the other cheek and American duty tells you to punch the guy in the face, you have not fully given yourself up to God. Same goes for contentment. If you are not content, then you have not fully acknowledged Gods teaching. You are putting our other faiths before God, when we should be seeing the world everyday through the eyes of our primary christian faith. Do not be doubled minded.

18 But some one will say, "You have faith and I have works." Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.
19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe -- and shudder.
James 2:18-19

Your faith will only be evident to God if you display your faith with works, and not temporarily replace your christian faith with family values.

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