God's Planned Neighborhood
Many of the poets who write country songs seem to have an understanding of coveting. One from a few years ago said something like: "She always saw and wanted what she didn't have." And one line tells of wrecking her corvette while rubber necking a Mercedes Benz. Coveting is a marriage of two of the seven deadly sins - one part envy, one part greed. Greed is the inability to say enough. Envy is the inability to enjoy the life we have because our eyes and thoughts are always on what another person has.
"You shall not covet your neighbor's house;
you shall not covet your neighbor's wife,
or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey,
or anything that belongs to your neighbor."
For me to really understand this commandment as God intended, and to enjoy the covered promise and blessing, I will be focused on my neighbor. This way of life - loving the neighbor, showing mercy, providing, welcoming - is the polar opposite of coveting. Rather than having an eye on the neighbor's house, wife, and work animals with the desire to have them, our eye is on the neighbor and our desire to do him or her good. Where there is coveting, there can be no neighborhood. But in God's neighborhood, there is contentment, for we are not coveting what another has; nor they what we have.
This is a good time of the year, this time when the world is in a material feeding frenzy; that we hold this commandment close and dance with it. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS TODAY, AND ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE LOVED!!!
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Henry D. is from Southern Indiana and writes these wonderful daily devotionals to encourage those at the Dogwood Community Church located in Paoli, Indiana. Henry has graciously agreed to share these wonderful devotionals here at Without Excuse Ministries to encourage you our valued guest!