“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, (car, house, TV, computer, etc.) or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Ex 20:17NIV)
When one covets they crave or desire something excessively or improperly! Not all of our desires
are immoral, but some desires are! And an immoral lust or longing for something that is not rightfully ours is coveting!
- “. . . Each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed,” as James explains. “Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death” (James 1:14-15).
All of the Commandments have to do with the heart and Christ said,
- “For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness,” “All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” (Mark 7:21-23)
All of the Commandments also have to do with our relationships! God wants us to internalize His love for us and how He wants us to love others. But people are more interested in getting than they are in giving. When we covet something we are thinking of ourselves first! And coveting is idolatry, because we put ourselves before God!
“Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask” (James 4:1-2).
What begins as a thought or an obsession leads to an act!
“Father Hullermann’s story is one of a beloved priest with a damaging secret church officials helped him hide.” What causes a priest – supposedly a man of God to molest little children? No one is above the law, but apparently some think they are! Click here for the full story.
How many have acted out the lusts of their flesh fulfilling their desires? But, if our desires are moral and good, then we should seek God’s Kingdom and His righteousness and He will bless us and give us what we desire and need!
“Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
The opposite of coveting is sharing and giving! Doesn’t it make you happy when you can give and help others attain happiness? When we learn to be givers rather than takers, we are happy.
To be continued….
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“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience.” (Colossians 3:5-6)
Out-of-control desires can be dangerous!