The Tenth Commandment
“Thou shalt not covet”
Question: Is being greedy the same as coveting?
Answer: They are very similar. Covetousness is often the motive behind greed, which is a quality of being extremely grasping — taking, eating, or buying way too much, certainly
beyond what anyone would normally need. Greed, of course, is not a quality a Christian would want to express. The Bible makes it clear:
“He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house.” (Proverbs 15)
“The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour. He coveteth greedily all the day long; but the righteous giveth and spareth not.” (Proverbs 21)
“Give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord?” (Proverbs 30)
Mary Baker Eddy writes:
“At this immortal hour, all human hate, pride, greed, lust should bow and declare Christ’s power,
and the reign of Truth and Life divine should make man’s being pure and blest.” (My. 257)
There are a number of Bible characters who struggled with greed. Judas, the disciple
who betrayed Jesus, was one. Mrs. Eddy comments about Judas, that “greed for gold
strengthened his ingratitude.” (S&H 47)
Practice: Make sure you protect your sense of gratitude for Christ, the presence of God’s power in your life, so you do not become a Judas! Be alert to error’s greedy thoughts. God supplies our good.
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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume One: The Ten Commandments”
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