“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17 NIV
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The person who wants what they cannot have will never be happy. They will just stew and stew until they do something stupid, like trying to take something that belongs to someone else. Then they create all kinds of pain for themselves and for those around them.
God wants us to enjoy life. We can’t enjoy life if we crave things we cannot possess.
This doesn’t mean that we abandon all ambition. That idea belongs to a different world religion, not to Christianity. We can and should want things that we can have. We can and should pray, plan, work, and save for things God wants us to pursue.
Meanwhile, we are content. We are grateful. We are complete whether we get the frosting or just eat the cake. We have Jesus, and that is enough.
PS. How do you overcome temptation? Why are we tested, and what strategy can we use to overcome those tests? Why do we sin? Are we doomed to sin because we’re sinners and we have a sin nature? How do we find God’s grace to overcome sin? That’s our Inner Wealth topic starting 5/11/2019.