The Cycle of Contentment, Part 1

According to the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4, the cycle of contentment begins with God and flows to the giver through generosity which then flows through to the one in need, and goes back to God through the praise and worship of both. In the first of a five-part mini-series on biblical contentment, Pastor Sonny explains how giving, in the eyes of our Lord Jesus Christ, should never be forced, but instead done for the joy of being able to give and through faith in God to provide in order for you to give again and receive joy.

Philippians 4:10–20

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.

14 Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. 15 And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. 16 Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. 18 I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. 19 And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.