: feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else. : Marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another’s possessions.
In scripture we are told not to covet, it is idolatry according to Colossians 3:5, so covetousness is a sin, but like all sins we can be forgiven of it when we confess to God and repent of it; but what I have noticed is most people don’t even realize when they’re coveting something or someone, and if a person doesn’t know they’re doing something or if they don’t feel they’re guilty of something (in reality they are guilty of), they more than likely will never confess their sin to God and stop doing it.
So, I wanted to share on covetousness because it’s probably the number 1 human vice people commit, next to sexual sins, it’s also the sin pretty much every human being has been guilty of doing at some point in there life and are not even aware if it. Somebody probably just did it today, probably just did it scrolling through your newsfeed. I know I have done it and had to stop myself and ask God for forgiveness.
We are told in Hebrews 13:5, ” Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Two important things said in that scripture,
1) Even our convesations/conduct are to be free of covetousness. The thing about that is, next to in our hearts, that is where most of our coveting happens, from our lips. We would say things like, “Girl, I need those shoes girl!”, meanwhile you have a closet full of shoes; or “Man, I gotta get me one of those cars.”, meanwhile you have a car running very well. With all of the advertisements and music videos pushing products in our faces, most of our coveting happens right in front of our televisions or computers, we see so we want.
Coveting is a BIG DEAL, it’s not a sin we can just forget about or classify as a lesser sin like we as humans do with all sin, place them in ranks, murdering being the worse, lying being the least. It is written in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, “Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
Nor thieves, (nor covetous), nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
The second important thing to note about that Hebrews 13:5 scripture is:
2) “be content with such things as you have. For He has said I will never leave you nor forsake you.” God is our provider and He knows our every need. He will NEVER leave you. He will NEVER forsake you. Instead of coveting: cars, clothing, jewelry, houses, or whatever material thing you can imagine, even coveting people (like other person’s spouses); it is better to just pray to God to help and teach us to be content with what we have already have.
” But godliness with contentment is great gain.
For we brought nothing into this.world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
And having food and clothing let us be therewith content.
But those who (desire to be rich) fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the (love of money) is the root of all evil: which while some (coveted after), they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10.
Repent. Be godly. Be content. Trust in the Lord.