Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
A man’s conversation should consistently exhibit a high level of individual contentment. Defining conversation and covetousness will help to better understand Hebrews 13:5. A man’s conversation in the Bible sometimes refers to more than the words he speaks. It frequently refers to his entire way of life. One who lives covetously desires things not belonging to him. The Bible stresses the seriousness of covetousness by connecting it to the sin of idolatry. Combining these two simple truths shows that man should never live his life chasing after things not belonging to him. Why is it so important for a Christian to live a life of contentment? Since God promises to never leave or forsake His own, a discontented Christian lacks a trust in His Creator. Understanding these simple truths should bring great contentment to the believer.
- (For children): Look around the room and name something you see. Can this be taken away from us? God promises He will never leave us. Can anyone take God away from you or you from God?
- (For everyone): Contentment is the opposite of covetousness. A Christian cannot be simultaneously content and covetous. Which does your life portray?
- Explain what it means to you that God will never leave you? Does this truth help you to be more content? If not, what does this mean about your heart condition?
- Ask God to reveal your covetous thoughts and desires.
- Ask the Lord to help you to be satisfied with His presence in your life.
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