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Thursday, July 20, 2017

The Tenth Commandment - Last, But Certainly Not Least

July 20

(Exodus 20:17 NIV) "You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor."

(Philippians 4:11-12 NIV) "I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. {12} 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."

(1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV) "But godliness with contentment is great gain. {7} For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. {8} But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that."

(Hebrews 13:5 NIV) "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.""

(James 4:1-2 NIV) "What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? {2} You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God."

Covetousness is a sin as old as the Garden of Eden. It means to desire something that belongs to another. Coveting is dangerous because it’s at the root of so many other sins. When other Commandments are broken, coveting likely happened first. Like a cancer, coveting and its two first cousins, greed and envy, can ruin our lives. The only antidote for covetousness is contentment. Covetousness and contentment are competing mindsets that constantly battle for territory in our lives. Coveting comes naturally to us. We are born wanting and demanding what we do not have. Contentment is a learned behavior that comes with maturity. It is an offshoot of several of the fruits of the Spirit. It grows in us, as God’s Spirit grows in our life. Learn to be content with what you have. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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