“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”
Here are earnest exhortations to several Christian duties, especially contentment. The sin opposed to this grace and duty is covetousness, an over-eager desire for the wealth of this world, with envy of those who have more than ourselves.
Having treasures in heaven, we may be content with moderate things here. Those who cannot be so would not be content though God raised their condition.
Adam was in paradise yet not content; some angels in heaven were not content; but the apostle Paul, though abased and empty, had learned in every state, in any state, to be content.
Christians have reason to be content with their present lot. This promise contains the sum and substance of all the promises; I will never, no, never leave thee, no, never forsake thee.
In the original there are no less than five negatives put together, to confirm the promise: the true believer shall have the gracious presence of God with him in life, at death, and forever. Men can do nothing against God and God can make all that men do against His people, to turn to their good.
“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8
Not the large, anybody come community meals and these organized, regulated systems of handouts. That does more to enable the users than helping the genuine needy …
Money bestowed in charity, may to the carnal mind seem thrown away, but when given from proper principles, it is seed sown, from which a valuable increase may be expected.
It should be given carefully. Works of charity, like other good works, should be done with thought and design. Due thought, as to our circumstances, and those we are about to relieve, will direct our gifts for charitable uses.
Help should be given freely, be it more or less; not grudgingly, but cheerfully.
While some scatter, and yet increase; others withhold more than is fitting, and it tends to poverty.
If we had more faith and love, we should waste less on ourselves, and sow more in hope of a plentiful increase.
Can a man lose by doing that with which God is pleased?
He is able to make all grace abound towards us, and to abound in us; to give a large increase of spiritual and of temporal good things. He can make us to have enough in all things; and to be content with what we have.
God gives not only enough for ourselves, but that also wherewith we may supply the wants of others, and this should be as seed to be sown.
We must show the reality of our subjection to the gospel, by works of charity. This will be for the credit of our profession, and to the praise and glory of God.
Let us endeavor to copy the example of Christ, being unwearied in doing good, and deeming it more blessed to give than to receive.
Blessed be God for the unspeakable gift of His grace, whereby He enables and inclines some of His people to bestow upon others, and others to be grateful for it; and blessed be his glorious name to all eternity, for Jesus Christ, that inestimable gift of His love, through whom this and every other good thing, pertaining to life and godliness, are freely given unto us, beyond all expression, measure, or bounds.