"Thou Shalt Covet"

Coveting is not a word we use much in our modern culture, but it's worth understanding and avoiding. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

“Thou Shalt Covet”  

I read it again…yes, that’s what it said. 

It was an ad for a store offering pricey handbags and jewelry. Although the shop's slogan mocked the tenth commandment (Exodus 20:17), I suppose it was an accurate command for many of their customers. 

We rarely use the word "covet," but it means wanting things we don't own, can't afford, or shouldn't have, whether relationships, wealth, appearance, fame, popularity, job, car, house…

Coveting is discontentment mixed with jealousy—dissatisfaction with what we have and envy of what someone else has. It leads to stupid, risky, or evil behavior.

Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13

Two “c’s” can control us—covetousness or contentment. Let’s pray for contentment!

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Coveting is not a word we use much in our modern culture, but it's worth understanding and avoiding. #BibleLoveNotes #Bible

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  1. Beautiful point of wisdom. Thanks for sharing!



  2. True. Wish all of us could be content with what we have. May our heavenly father help us.

  3. Coveting leads to much of the crime we see. It also leads to laws that make those crimes against God & people legal. Such is the problems in our country. My prayer for this country is to look to God, read the Bible and understand that we need God more than anything else.
    Your devotions are simple to understand & well thought out. I've told many people about your site & pray they have subscribed. God bless you for your work.

    1. Good insights, Betty, and thanks for your encouragement and for recommending Bible Love Notes.

  4. It's good to remind us that the sin of covetousness does not always involve the tangibles of life.