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Namoi (0)
Q: How do I know the difference between wanting to get something and coveting?
A: Dear Namoi,
What a good question! Another word for “covet” is “desire.” Not all desire is wrong. On the night of the Passover, Jesus said to His disciples, “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). The Greek word that was translated “desired” (the New Testament was originally written and Greek and translated into our language from Greek) is the very same word that Paul uses in Romans 7:7 when he says “I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, ‘You shall not covet’” (Romans 7:7). We can “covet” good things like more knowledge of the Bible, more time with Jesus, heaven, and so on. Wrong coveting has to do with desiring something that you shouldn’t, whether it is something that is bad for you, or something that belongs to someone else.

Thanks for writing, and remember, there's never been a better time to share Jesus!

Your friend,
Pastor Howard


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