"Thou Shalt Covet"

10th Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Covet
“Thou Shalt Covet”  

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

I clicked the link--it was a site offering pricey handbags and jewelry. Although the name mocks the Tenth Commandment, I suppose it fits how we sometimes feel when we view things we can't afford.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting things as long as they're things God wants us to have, things we can afford, things that will bless and not harm us.

We can covet all sorts of things--relationships (a husband if we’re single, freedom if we’re married!), 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 have learned to be satisfied with what I have…I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.” Philippians 4:11-13 (GNT)

Two “C’s” can control us—Covetousness or Contentment. Let’s pray for Contentment.
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011

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1 comment:

  1. Beautiful point of wisdom. Thanks for sharing!




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