27 Dec 2013

What's so Important About the 10th Commandment?-Thou Shall Not Covet

Envy & CovetousnessOur consumer driven society is driven by envy, jealousy, covetousness...keeping up with the Jones.
If every one was content with what they have, and who God made them to be, what would happen to our material, success based world?

"You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's" (Exodus 20:17).

 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. James3:16(KJV)



Covetousness which seems to derive its roots in unforgiveness(bitterness) is always looking for that which it believes it does not have and needs to feel fulfilled. It always feels empty, lacking and void, it is deep seated insecurity in ones own identity which never really matured into a healthy strong character or view of self.

cov·et·ous adjective \ˈkə-və-təs\: feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else



Jezebel revels in envy and bitterness, well hidden behind a mask of painted innocence. She lurks behind closed doors in rebellious, manipulative and controlling deception. She is always covertly looking at how to get what she wants and needs, but what she really needs is the great love fashioned in her heart of a loving creator. Gods purification of those with envy is a fight and great struggle to reveal what is really hidden in the depths of the heart that one usually does not want to see(or does not have the insight to see). But once seen and bought before the Lord in humility the Lord God will uproot the insidious disease of the heart and soul and transform his child into the likeness of His humble loving Son.

Envy,Jealousy,Malice and Pride

The 10th commandment tells us, " Do not covet your neighbors....anything", the truth is covetousness will lead to breaking every one of  the commandment's that God has ordained. Idolatry, Adultery, Dishonoring parents, sibling rivalry..etc.
St Paul tells us, "Be content in all things..."
In families with broken/hurting parents and their siblings, there will be without doubt rivalry for acceptance, nurture, appreciation and so on. When there is competition for these normal childhood expectations and one feels their missing out, envy and covetousness sprouts it's roots, and will view the world in this same way when one becomes an adult.

Enviousness says,"I want what they have, and if I cant have it then I don't want them to have it either".

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