“Thou shalt not covet.”
Covetousness is perhaps the most subtle of sins. It seems minor compared to
adultery, theft, or rape. However, before a man steals, he covets. Before
he rapes or commits adultery, he covets. The sin of covetousness is the
spark that sets off the fuse of more even sin. Few children are content
with ten pieces of candy when the child next to him gets eleven.
Covetousness is the bedfellow of jealousy, greed, and lust. Whether we long
for another’s house, car, income, lifestyle, jewelry, good looks, our
covetousness reveals a lack of gratitude for what God has already given us.
It is the wrong desire of having what will gratify ourselves. The Bible
says, “be without covetousness; and be content with such thing as you have”
Please answer with an honest heart.
How often have you broken this commandment?