Beware of Covetousness (Luke 12:15)

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Covetousness is one of those overstuffed words in our religious vocabulary that has lost its cutting edge. We don’t take it seriously. In fact, we suspect that when God was putting together the Ten Commandments He had nine good solid ones, but then to round out the list threw in one about coveting (Exodus 20:17).

There is danger in wanting more and more, or in wanting what belongs to another. The apostle Paul called this intense desire “idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). That’s strong language. Let’s listen to the law. That’s why He warned, “Beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses” (Luke 12:15). – Haddon W. Robinsion

Help us, O Lord, to look above

And draw upon Your endless love

When we would covet for more and more

Of this world’s wealth – of earthly store. – Dennis J. De Haan

You cannot covet (want somebody else’s property) and be happy at the same time.

  • January 24, 1994, Our Daily Bread
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