II. When worldly matters seem sufficient to engage us in contentions, and to make us break peace: and we will by lawsuits seek our right, when greater hurt is more likely to follow to our brother’s soul, or greater wrong to the cause of religion, or the honor of God, than our right is worth. It is lusting after what someone else has. Share. James 4:1-3 (NIV) What causes fights and quarrels among you? It causes men to lie, steal, defraud, murder, commit adultery or fornication, and all kinds of evil, especially the neglect of spiritual values and priorities. Covetousness or Avarice. Avot 4:2 states that desire causes covetousness, which leads to robbery and tyranny (see also ibid., 2:11, 28; Mekh. An inordinate eagerness in our desires after earthly things. And the poor man that will set his heart more upon a poor and miserable life, than upon heaven, is more inexcusable than he that setteth his heart more upon lordships and honors than upon heaven; though both of them are but the slaves of the world, and have as yet no treasure in heaven, Matt. See more. Another thinks he is no worldling, because he is contented with what he hath and coveteth no more when that which he hath is a full provision for his fleshly desires. “Count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ.” Be in the word every day. Covetousness is often involved when any one of the Ten Commandments is broken Written by Robert M. Godfrey | Sunday, December 6, 2020 When we worship other gods, fail to rest and worship on the Christian Sabbath, do not honor those in authority, or struggle with any form of adultery, it is because we are coveting. 8. WEB: He said to them, "Beware! Others are thought covetous, because they are laborious in their callings, and thrifty, and saving, not willing that any thing be lost. And many preachers, by their reading and knowledge, may make a vehement sermon against worldliness, and yet go to hell at last for being worldlings. Covetousness is tantamount to having another "god" before the true God. Contentment yields godliness and gratitude in the Christian life. He is likely to steal, kill, worship money and even human beings. Proverbs 28:15-16 states, "Like a roaring lion and a charging bear is a wicked ruler over poor people. The love of money, or covetousness, certainly is the root of all evil, and it causes a complete breach in one’s fellow­ship with God. Another thinks he is not covetous, because he coveteth not anything that is his neighbor’s: he thinks that covetousness is only a desiring that which is not our own. The love of money, or covetousness, certainly is the root of all evil, and it causes a complete breach in one’s fellowship with God. He said to them, "Beware! 4. 301 In the Catholic catechetical tradition, the ninth commandment forbids carnal concupiscence; the tenth forbids coveting another's goods. In English we take the word “covet” to forbid intensely desiring something that belongs to another. He thinks he is not covetous because he hath a necessity of doing what he doth for more. 4. But God giveth not to all alike: he putteth ten talents into the hands of one servant, and but one into another’s: and to whom men commit much, of them will they require the more (Luke 12:48; 16:9-10; 2 Cor. 6:19; 1 Tim. Murder, Cain. 9. Yet many are falsely accused of covetousness upon such grounds as these: 1. When the riches which we have, are used but for the pampering of our flesh, and superfluous provision for our posterity, and nothing but some inconsiderable crumbs or driblets are employed for God and his servants, nor used to further us in his service, and towards the laying up of a treasure in heaven. Those that know not another’s estate will pass conjectures at it; and if their handsome apparel or deportment, or the common fame, do make men think them richer than they are, then they are accounted covetous, because their bounty answereth not men’s expectations. Niebuhr said the human tendency to perpetuate injustice is the result of a deep sense of existential anxiety, which is part of the human condition. 6:7. But do you serve God or the flesh with your riches while you have them? Reply to Objection 5: These vices are called capital because others, most frequently, arise from them: so that nothing prevents some sins from arising out of other causes. But consider the social implica­tions, the effects of envy on others. And, moreover, you that are now so covetous for a little more, if you had that, would be as covetous for a little more still; and when you had that, for a little more yet. Covetousness is greed. At first blush, the rich man appears not to be harmed be­cause another covets his wealth. It is very helpful to observe what covetousness produces. “God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever!” (Psalm 73:26) – Thomas Watson, Directions against Worldly Cares by Richard Baxter (Unabridged), The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! 4. Blasphemy. The cause of covetousness is a selfish heart and this in turn leads to a selfish motivation. JESUS CHRIST’S TEACHINGS A very common problem is that the love for money will drive us out of God’s Church (i.e. The rich fool was not a fool for harvesting abundant crops. 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