Happy

Last night we had a discussion in our small groups on the chapter Good News to the Rich from Good News to The Poor by Tim Chester. The chapter mainly deals with being content with Christ and not the material lifestyle we sometimes (or all the time) are guilty of pursuing. In this chapter he mentions that, for this generation, consumerism is the biggest stumbling block in our relationship with God. Being content with what you have, as it is enough, is gain in a Biblical way:

But godliness with contentment is great gain.” – 1 Tim 6:6

As being discontent is a sin consider the piece below and how M’Cheyne defines true happiness (ea contentment). From My True Happiness, Ray Ortlund’s blog:

“To gain entire likeness to Christ, I ought to get a high esteem of the happiness of it.  I am persuaded that God’s happiness is inseparably linked in with his holiness.  Holiness and happiness are like light and heat.  God never tasted one of the pleasures of sin.

Christ has a body such as I have, yet he never tasted one of the pleasures of sin.  The redeemed, through all eternity, will never taste one of the pleasures of sin; yet their happiness is complete. . . . Every sin is something away from my greatest enjoyment. . . .

The devil strives night and day to make me forget this or disbelieve it.  He says, Why should you not enjoy this pleasure as much as Solomon or David?  You may go to heaven also.  I am persuaded this is a lie – that my true happiness is to go and sin no more.”

Andrew A. Bonar, editor, Memoir and Remains of Robert Murray M’Cheyne (Edinburgh, 1987), pages 154-155.

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