[CF Devotionals] 2016-11-04 - The Sin of Coveting

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The following Commandments are from the NKJV of the Bible:

  1. You shall not murder.
  2. You shall not commit adultery.
  3. You shall not steal.
  4. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  5. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Throughout the time of the Bible, and in today’s world, I believe that Commandments 6 through 9 above are and were highly affected by the last one, which is the sin of coveting.

First, let’s define what covet means. The definition of covet, according to Strong’s Concordance, is to wish for, (greatly) desire, be desirous, long, and lust (after).

On the net, Dictionary.Com says it means to desire wrongfully inordinately, or without due regards for the rights of others.

Now - to desire something, or take great delight in something, certainly is not always wrong. We all desire things that will make our lives easier and should greatly desire the good things God has to offer. However, wanting something that belongs to another can and often does lead to the sin of covetousness. In simpler terms, wanting something like another person has is okay, but wanting what he/she has (see the 10th Commandment above) is not only sinful, but it interferes with our relationship with God.

There are many examples in the Bible of coveting; for example, think of Achan during the battle of Jericho or David and Bathsheba. However, what I want to talk about is today, the 21st century. By this, I mean, if you pick up any main line newspaper, you will see articles about robbery, murder, lying, and adultery/divorce because someone coveted what another person had.

Basically, we look at something that is desirable to us, and if we do not restrain ourselves, often times our carnal mind begins plotting on how to get it. This coveting, when actually carried out, can easily lead into us committing a crime against humanity and a sin against God. I truly believe that If you want peace on Earth, and to please God, and if you want to have a more abundant life on Earth and spend eternal life in Heaven instead of Hell, then I highly recommend that you put Him first in your life, your spouse second, followed by your family and then your brothers and sisters in Christ - and leave the coveting to the nonbelievers.

Father, I come to you, thanking you for this day and thanking You for Your love, mercy, and Your grace and for the privilege of calling You my God and Father. Please let me realize that giving in to the lust of the flesh will be committing a sin against you, and will also cause serious damage to my relationship with my loved ones here on earth. I love You, Your Son, and the Holy Spirit. I say all of this in the name of Jesus.

In Christ,

[email jan] Rodney

All verses are from the New King James Version (NKJV) unless otherwise noted.

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