by Eddie Snipes

Covetous and Envy
Eddie Snipes
Romans 13:9

Covetousness and envy challenge our relationships with others and our daily walk of faith, but the scripture has given us guidance so that we may overcome these things. One of the Ten Commandments given to Israel when the Law was established was, "Thou shalt not covet". This applies to coveting our neighbors possessions, status, and spouse. When Jesus was asked to define the greatest commandment, He explained that loving God and loving our neighbor are the two great commandments and on these two commands hang all the law and commandments. The Ten Commandments are specific instructions given to man to illustrate how to keep these two primary commands. The first of the Ten Commandments relate directly to loving God and the last of the commandments relate to loving our neighbor. Romans 13:9 explains:
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

If there is any other command given to us as relating to each other, it is summed up in the command to love your neighbor as yourself. This challenge goes beyond human ability for no man can truly love others as God commands without the love of God having already been established in our hearts. Jesus made it clear that loving our neighbor comes from the love of God and the Bible also states that the love of God does not come from man, but is given to us by the Holy Spirit. According to the scripture, covetous practices and envy are the works of the flesh, but the fruit of the Spirit is love and all it produces. So when we are consumed with envy and covet what belongs to another, this is evidence that the flesh is the focus of our life and we are not walking in the Spirit. Envy is born out of covetousness and as Christians we should understand these sym ...

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