18 Jun Exodus 20:17

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife or his male servant or his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

In a sense, the 10th Commandment, “You shall not covet”, is the basis for breaking all the other commandments. It goes beyond regulating outward acts to prescribing inner attitudes. Covetousness is a treacherous sin. It makes people greedy and causes them to steal. It drives people to hate others, even kill, for their own ends. It leads people to lust that leads people to adultery. It destroys trust and causes people to lie about themselves and others. Even though we know more and are one sunset away from every person on the earth, we have not become neighbors. Rather, most people want everything their neighbor has except their friendship. We are a people bogged down in our desire for more and more things, because we think things will make us happy. Reflect upon your wants versus necessities. Do you need to allow God to work in you to remove your desire for so many temporal things?