Don’t Covet

Exodus 20:17

“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, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

It has often been said that money is the root of all evil.  This is incorrect.  1 Timothy 6:10 says that “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”  Coveting is a source of the love of money however.

Coveting is listed last of the commandments for a reason.  Consider the other commands and think how coveting can lead to many of them.  Coveting often leads to stealing, lying, and even murder.  Coveting another person’s spouse leads to adultery.

If stealing is taking what someone else has and we have no right to, coveting is wanting what someone else has.  We may or may not have a right to it if we work hard and earn it.  Often we had no desire for it until we learned that another person had it.

When we start to compare what we have to what someone else has we become dissatisfied.  We don’t consider that possibly the only way the person obtained it was through great amounts of debt.  Or perhaps the person even gained what they had through some immoral methods.

Coveting will lead us down a bad pathway quickly.  The first thing we should ask ourselves when we find ourselves wanting something is why.  If it is simply to impress others or because a friend or neighbor has one, we need to reevaluate our wants and our needs.

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