[CF Devotionals] 2015-11-22 - The Tenth Commandment

Conclusion

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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, lets focus on the opposite idea. If coveting is “To feel immoderate desire for that which is another’s,” then what would the opposite 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 idea here is 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 Him.

Once again, there is significant overlap here with what we discussed when addressing the command not to steal. First, we can be grateful for what we have rather than coveting more, and then we can give to others from our blessings.

As Christ lived for others, so must we also live receiving 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? And so …

“You shall not covet,” “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires 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. “… Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly:… if service, in his serving;… he who gives, with liberality …

Let love be genuine. … Love one another with brotherly affection. … Contribute to the needs of the saints”

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; Mark 12:30-31).

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