“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house or anything that belongs to him.”
– Exodus 20:17
The Tenth Commandment deals with the disordered desires of the heart which is covetousness, the root cause of stealing and exploitation of others. It forbids us not only from craving another’s property but also from envying the good fortune or success of others.
This commands us to control our unruly tendency for riches and vainglory. Sharing and simplicity of lifestyle present the more accurate understanding of the good life. If we simply live, we can be happy with what we can afford to have; we will not be so worried about what others have. Simplicity and the capacity to share overcome the temptation to material possessions.
In relation to this, the following are some forms of covetousness.
“A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.” – Proverbs 14:30
Envy is wanting what somebody else has like success, good fortune qualities and possessions.
Greed or Avarice
“You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” – James 4:2-3
Greed or avarice is the excessive and unreasonable desire to accumulate wealth or property for oneself. A greedy person will do almost anything to acquire what he or she wants and to hang on to all he or she has even in the face of extreme need in others.
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