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Matthew Henry’s Westminster Shorter Catechism Commentary on Question 80

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Has God the disposal of our outward condition? Yes: My times are in thy hand,
Ps. 31:15
. And does he order all events concerning us? Yes: he performeth the thing that is appointed for us,
Job 23:14
. Ought we therefore to be content with our condition? Yes: Be content with such things as you have,
Heb. 13:5
. Ought we to be content in every condition? Yes: I have learned in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content,
Phil. 4:11
. Must we be content with a little? Yes: Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content,
1 Tim. 6:8
Can we expect that our condition should be in every thing brought to our mind? No: for all is vanity,
Eccles. 1:14
. Is it therefore our wisdom to bring our mind to our condition? Yes: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound,
Phil. 4:12
. Is anything got by this? Yes: Godliness with contentment is great gain,
1 Tim. 6:6
. And is this the way to be easy? Yes: In your patience possess ye your souls,
Luke 21:19
Is that best which is? Yes: It is the Lord, let him do what seemeth him good,
1 Sam. 3:18
. Must we therefore make the best of it? Yes: for wherefore should a living man complain?
Lam. 3:39
. And must we acknowledge it is better than we deserve? Yes: I am not worthy of the least of all thy mercies,
Gen. 32:10
Ought we to desire the welfare of our neighbours? Yes: Let no man seek his own, but every man another’s wealth,
1 Cor. 10:24
. And to pray for it? Yes: Supplications and prayers must be made for all men,
1 Tim. 2:1
. And to be well pleased with it? Yes: Rejoice with them that do rejoice,
Rom. 12:15
. And to lay to heart our neighbour’s troubles? Yes: Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them,
Heb. 13:3
. And is this a charitable frame of spirit? Yes: for charity suffers long, and is kind,
1 Cor. 13:4
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