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Chasing Godliness View video
1 Timothy 6:1 - 6:10
1. All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God's name and our teaching may not be slandered.
2. Those who have believing masters are not to show less respect for them because they are brothers. Instead, they are to serve them even better, because those who benefit from their service are believers, and dear to them. These are the things you are to teach and urge on them.
3. If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching,
4. he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions
5. and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6. But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
8. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
9. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Reflection
Watchful Words (6:1–5)
We can find ourselves in all sorts of trouble very quickly when we forget what is truly at stake. When we lose our focus on what is important, our distorted perspectives can lead to the suffering of others as well as our own. The unhealthy interests that Paul warns of here are all too common in the world and, sadly, within the church as well. People who engage in slander and gossip because of their conceit, pride, and ignorance do great damage to the church both to its members and to its witness. Remember that the world is always watching the words and behavior of Christians. May God give His people the grace to glorify His name in every context so that no one would slander the name of Jesus because of the actions of His followers.

A Deadly Deceit (6:6–10)
In the developed world, contentment seems to elude many people who chase after it through wealth, possessions, power, influence, or hedonism. But the Bible offers us a clear answer in our search. Those who believe in God can be content because we know that Christ will meet all our needs. There is no deeper satisfaction, no greater joy than living according to God¡¯s will and for His glory. Paul warns against the love of money, a warning that is just as needed in the modern church as it was in Paul¡¯s day. Many faithful believers have strayed and fallen because of the allure of money and material riches. When we fail to drink deeply of Christ, the shallow waters of worldly gain will not satisfy and will ultimately drown us.
Application
- We are sometimes tempted to think that our words and actions within the church will not do much harm, but this could not be further from the truth. Pray for a watchful heart.

- Have you ever felt tempted or trapped by a desire for wealth? Remember that true satisfaction comes from intimacy with God through Jesus, His Son. Pray for the great gain of godliness with contentment.
A Letter to God
Heavenly Father, thank you for Jesus, who is my greatest gain and contentment. Forgive me for my words and actions that have brought dishonor to Your name and Your church. Grant me the grace to love You above all else because of what Jesus has done. In His name. Amen.