The Ten Commandments Series- 10th Commandment

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

Coveting what others have is the gateway sin that can lead to many other acts of sin. There are many ways that coveting what someone else has can get you into trouble.

Continually being focused on having property that someone else owns can lead one into stealing. When we are constantly thinking about something we want or wish to have, our minds become fixed on getting it and the want suddenly turns into a need. We start to feel like we can't live without it. We obsess on doing whatever it takes to get what we want. Think about a time when you wanted something so badly that you would do anything to get it. What did you do? Okay, so maybe you didn't steal it. But did you go into unnecessary debt for it? We are commanded to be good stewards of our money. So you see how coveting property that someone else has can lead us to sin and get us in a bind?

Another sinful and costly form of coveting is wishing you could be with your neighbor's spouse. We need to be aware that Christians are not exempt from this happening to them. We sometimes think that we have it bad and we may even question whether or not our spouse is meant for us. We only see the outside of other's marital relationships and we tend to imagine a perfect picture of that person's spouse. We don't have the ability to examine that relationship behind closed doors. If we did, we would easily find that the grass isn't greener. We all have challenges in our marriages, you aren't the only one! Do not be deceived by the enemy by being tricked into believing that we were meant for someone other than our spouse. God hates divorce. What we have to keep in the forefront of our mind is that the Bible tells us that our heart is deceitful above all things and can lead us to sin. This is why we can't fulfill our marriage covenant based on feelings alone. Our feelings can cause us to act out in ways that we know God does not bless. We have to fulfill our marriage covenant by acting on the promises we made to each other before God and by seeking counsel from the Lord. Coveting in this respect can lead to adultery and ruins the lives of those involved as well as the lives of the families of those involved.

Coveting can lead us to a multitude of sin. With this command and every other command that God gives us, we have to know it, meditate on it, and act it out in our lives. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This renewing has to take place on a daily basis and we have to ask the Holy Spirit to help us, lead us, and guide us. With His help, we can be successful keeping this and all the other commandments that God gives. God bless you.
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