The Ten Commandments: Do Not Covet

The 10th and final commandment that God gave to Moses on Mt. Sinai to deliver to the people was: “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).

God knew that His people would at some time or another would want what the other one had. Jealousy. Envy. Greed. Lust. These all fuel covetousness. It may be someone’s vehicle. Their job. Their house. Even their spouse. It leads to people stealing, lying, cheating. It destroys one’s relationship with God and with others.

There is a danger of thinking the grass is greener on the other side. When really if we would spend the time and energy to take care of our own yard we too could enjoy one that’s great in it’s own way. We need to be content with what we have been blessed with. Living happily within the financial means we have provided. Being thankful for what we have. Be thankful for the house you can live in, the clothes you can wear, the cars you can drive. Love your spouse faithfully. Enjoy the life God has given you instead of wasting time coveting someone else’s, which is sin.

If it ain’t yours leave it alone. Don’t sin by coveting what someone else has. That’s idolatry. It’s sin. It isn’t pleasing to God. And it’s not making your life any better. Rather worse. Do not covet. Focus on what God has blessed you with. Focus one what you do have and what you are able to do. Be thankful. Be content. Be God’s. Be righteousness. Fear God and obey His commandments.


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