God is not pleased when you look upon the possessions
of your neighbor and lust after them. Abel lost his life when he was
murdered by his jealous brother. Uriah was a good man who faithfully
served King David and yet it was the beauty of Bathsheba which
sentenced him to death when David coveted her. Naboth was an upright
man that went about his business but he had the misfortune of being
neighbors with King Ahab, a petulant man who wanted more and was
willing to kill to obtain it. Jesus became a threat to the Jewish
leadership when He overturned the tables in the temple and
threatened their religious monopoly. They were not willing to give
up their great wealth and political power that stemmed from the
lucrative business which took place in the temple. The root of every
divorce stemming from adultery was caused by someone coveting.
Coveting is the motivation behind all theft and war. The tenth
commandment is a cornerstone in God’s creation and how He wants us
to live. Are you living a life that is pleasing to the Lord? The
good news is that there is no limit with God as you learn and grow.
How far will you choose to go?