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Monday, July 7, 2008

Couples Reflections for 7 July 2008: Hebrews 13:5

Thanks to our friend Gary who promised to send me the daily couples reflections. Please note that I am just sharing some of the Couples Reflections forwarded to me via email. I do not write these. May we all have a blessed week!

The dictionary defines covetousness as "marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possesions or for another's possesions." Inordinate mans "exceeding reasonable limits." So covetousness is basically an unreasonable desire for something you don't have others may. Not a healthy state of mind.

The bible does not say you should refrain from wanting a better life for yourself. Doing that would be as abnormal as coveting. What God's Word does say is that until you achieve your desires, you should be content with what you have and not waste time envying others. You can sit in front of the TV, covering the newest and the best, or you can get out and earn what you want.

"Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have."-Hebrews 13:5

Father, we know You want the best for us, but the best for us is not necessarily what is best for our neighbors. Keep us from covetousness but not from hope.