2011-02-13 - The Tenth
The Ten Commandments ~ Part 65
Tenth Commandment ~ Part 7
Focusing on the Positive
The second point here is: how do we turn this command around, and bring something
positive from it? Instead of worrying about how to stop coveting, let's focus
on the opposite idea. If coveting is "To feel immoderate desire for that
which is another's," then what would the opposite action be?
Instead of wanting what our neighbor has, we should desire them to have what
we have that which they need. As with our handling of a couple of other
commandments, the thought here can be an awareness of how we can help out
those who are our neighbors. Their greatest need may be to know the Lord,
so we must live a life that will be a factor in their having the opportunity
to come to know Christ.
As Christ lived for others, so must we also live, taking what the Lord in
His grace has given us, and using it for those who are our neighbors. What
are some ways that you can think of that we - as individuals and as a body
- can see to the needs of those around us?
"You Shall not covet," "Do not love the world, nor the
things in the world. If any one loves the world, the love of the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust
of the eyes
, is not from the Father, but is from the world." Instead,
let us live a life that testifies to the reality of Christ. "
we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise
if service, in his serving;
he who gives, with
Let love be without hypocrisy
Be devoted to one
another in brotherly love
contributing to the needs of the
And if we would keep all the commandments as Christ would have us do as believers
and His servants, then we must remember His words; "
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul,
and with all your mind, and with all your Strength
You shall love
your neighbor as yourself" (Exodus 20:17; 1 John 2:15-16; Romans 12:6-10,13;
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