Text: Exodus 20:17
At what point does a desire become sinful?
1 Timothy 6:9 – But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
James 1:14-15 – But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.
How is this command distinct?
Romans 7:7 – What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”
“[Sin] injures us most by taking from us the capacity to know how much we are injured. In this it resembles slavery, which, by degrees, eats into the soul and makes a man contented in his chains”. (C.H. Spurgeon)
What is the antidote?
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. (Philippians 4:11 ESV)
- Practice gratitude (Psalm 16:5-6, Hebrews 13:5)
- Practice generosity
- Practice forgiveness
- Establish boundaries (2 Corinthians 9:8)
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