ENEMIES OF MORALITY: COVETOUSNESS.
Introduction: Another enemy of morality is covetousness. It is a very big problem in our society today because 98% of the world population engages themselves in this evil; covetousness.
When someone is looking on the things of another, be it wealth or property, with the hope that he or she can have them, or if you desire to posses what does not belong to you. It is an act of covetousness. You are coveting.
Covetousness is one of the commandment; the tenth commandment which forbid coveting anything that belongs to a neighbor including his house, his wife, his servant, his animals or anything that belongs to him(Ex 20:17). To show how evil covetousness is Jesus listed covetousness along with many of the sins from within including adultery, theft and murder, which makes a person unclean. (Mk 7:22 -23)
Therefore, COVETOUSNESS can be defined as thus: It is a strong desire to have that which belongs to another. It is also referred to the desire of that which is not yours and presently unattainable as it belongs to someone else. It also a strong desire for possession of worldly things.
THE BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON COVETOUSNESS/EXAMPLES OF COVETOUS BEHAVIOURS
In the scriptures, both new and old testaments gave us more insight on the evil of covetousness as a very grievous offence which can lead to other sins. It has become a serious problem to mankind. Some of the Biblical perspectives and some examples of covetous behaviors exhibited by some people in the scriptures. They are given as thus:
- 1Tim 6:10 This stressed on the departure from ones faith. This chapter talks about the love of money as the root of all evil
- Joshua 7:21 In this chapter covetousness is seen as theft. A soldier named Achan kept some attractive things after the war with the Amorite. He told Joshua that he kept attractive mantle from Shina, two hundred shekel of silver and a bar of golden weighting fifty shekel……….But the truth was said after Joshua might have asked him for a long time.
- 2Kg 5:22-25 Covetousness here leads to lying. The greedy Gehazi, (Elisha’s servant)collected gift from leper Naaman, whom Elisha healed and does not want to collect gift but Gehazi went behind Elisha and collected the gift which is against the wish of his master.
- 1Sam 15:9,19 This is about Saul’s behavior. After the war with the Amalekite, Saul spared King Agag, the best of animals(things that has worth) and destroyed the worthless and undesirable things(things that has no worth).God was angry fotridid evil in the sight of God.
- Mk 7:22 -23 In this gospel Covetousness leads to other sins. It listed covetousness with other evils. Theft, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, an evil eye etc. All these evil things come from within and defile the man.
- Mt 26:24, 15 stress on the life of Judas selling Jesus for thirty pieces of silver although his interior motive is to get money not to hurt his master, Jesus.
- Acts 5:1-11 this is the account of Ananias and Saphira as regards to their duty towards the poor, keeping behind some food instead of submitting all.
- 3:5 Covetousness as idolatry
- 15:21 Covetousness as unjust gain. One who is greedy for unjust gain trouble his own household but he who hates bribe will live
- 21:26 He covet greedily all the daylong but the righteous gives and does not withhold.
DANGERS OF COVETOUSNESS
- It leads to death.
- It leads to imprisonment.
- It leads to theft and robbery
- It hinders people from being generous.
- It leads one to kill in order to get his or her selfish desire.
WAYS OF ABSTAINING FROM COVETOUSNESS
- Begin with prayers.
- Be contented with what you have. 1Tim 6:8-10.
- Confess and repent of your covetous heart.
- Be grateful to God.
- Try as much as possible to know the main causes of it so that you try and tackle it.