“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.” – Exodus 20:17 ESV
This is the 10th and final commandment! God saved one of the most sneaky, deadly, destructive, camouflaged sins- for last! The sin of COVETNOUS is dangerous, because it opens the door for so many other sins and it masks its permeating danger! One of the reasons that the sin of covetousness is so dangerous is that it is God’s number one competitor and Jesus was very clear, YOU CAN NOT serve God and money! “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24) The Apostle Paul tells us that covetousness leads to many sorrows: 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.(1 Tim 6:10)
Leader, when dealing with our RIGHTS, what WE DESERVE we come upon words like ENVY and JEALOUSY and they feed their big brother COVETNOUS! There is value in knowing what WORDS mean,-if, FAITH comes by hearing and HEARING by the WORD! Envy is what you feel towards someone when they have something you want. Jealousy is what you feel when you have something you really like and don’t want to share. Covetousness is what you feel about the thing you want that that other person has. This sinful feeling is the result of having the wrong attitude toward material things. Jealousy and envy have very similar meanings and are often confused. In many ways, the difference is whether you have some claim on the object of your desire. Jealous is defined as “very watchful or careful in guarding or keeping,” and “resentfully envious. Envy is defined as “a feeling of discontent and ill will because of another’s advantages, possessions, etc.; resentful dislike of another who has something that one desires.” Jealousy has stronger emotions attached. Jealous comes from zealous; ardent devotion. Envy derives from the Latin word “invidere,” which means to “look askance upon,” as in “give someone the evil eye.” Its previous uses include “malice” and “spite.” So “envy” isn’t as benign as some might have it.
Conduit, covetousness is a sin that greatly angers God and Paul said that “covetousness is idolatry”. (Col. 3:5-6) Because it takes the place in our hearts that belongs to God alone- It is a form of lust or evil desire originating in the heart (Mk 7:21-33). Jesus gives us a warning concerning covetousness; “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) There are three sins that the New Testament specifically exhorts us to flee: 1- Idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14; Col. 3:5-6) 2-Fornication (1 Cor. 6:18; 2 Tim. 2:22) 3-Covetousness (1 Tim. 6:10-11) Covetnous is the cause of much social unrest and trouble. It can serve as the motivation for such acts as murder, robbery, kidnapping, rioting, bribery, perjury, violence, prostitution, extortion and fighting. Covetousness is the cause of many spiritual and personal conflicts, for it greatly affects one’s character in a negative way. It’s associated with pride, conceit, unfruitfulness, lust, backsliding or forsaking God, rejecting God’s will, guilt, insensitivity to the needs of others, missing God’s best for our lives and failing to enter into the Kingdom of God. Today, LISTEN TO JESUS, listen to PAUL and have a funeral- lay it at the foot of the CROSS! Today is a GOOD DAY for covetnous to die in your HEART and MIND! Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (Col 3:5) Amen and Rest IN PEACE!