But, what is coveting and do we practice it without realizing what we’re doing?
Okay, your neighbor just bought a new car yesterday. You saw it. Then, you admired it.
Finally, you wished you had one like this.
It’s sleek, expensive, and has all the bells and whistles.
How close are you to breaking the 10th commandment?
So, there is sometimes a gray line between admiration and sin.
The 10th Commandment of God – Do Not Covet..
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:17 NASB
The 10 Commandments – A Quick Study of The Tenth Commandment
One dictionary’s definition of covet is “to wish for longingly” or “desire”. But, is admiration coveting? Maybe, maybe not. But, coveting can lead to…
Resentment of Others Who “Have”
To covet, as stated in the 10 commandments doesn’t mean just to admire something or someone.
It means basically to resent the other person having something that we cannot obtain.
Coveting is sometimes caused by the lack of a basic need in our lives. We may secretly have a feeling that someone else is receiving more attention from others, for instance.
And, that is what we really desire. This is coveting
The 10th Commandment and Low Self-Esteem
Psychology may define these resentful feelings as part of an inferiority complex. Or, it’s better known today as low self-esteem.
Prayer Can Help with Coveting
God, through prayer, can help us through these deep feelings of desire and envy if we just ask Him.
God can meet our basic needs. And, meeting those needs helps keep the inferiority we feel toward others in check.
Can Money Buy You Happiness?
I prefer to go with the phrase that money can buy happiness for a short period of time.
But, it can’t buy joy and contentment.
Only God can give us the gift of joy. You see, “stuff” is shiny and new at first. But then, it begins to fade – and we lose interest.
God is eternal. His Word lives on and we can always find peace when we look at Scripture.
You are reading this article today because you seek God. The Almighty reigns even when stuff is long forgotten.
Love in Christ
To discover more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to read John 3:16 here.
I hope this Genesis Bible study lesson covering the 10th commandment helps you understand more about the sin of coveting – and how to avoid it. Remember, God is there for you and me. God offered these ten commandments to help you and me live more joyful lives. And, He knows exactly what we go through each day. His Holy Spirit will help keep us aware, if we listen.
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