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According to the English dictionary, the word “covetousness” means immoderate desire for the possession of something, especially for wealth that belongs to someone else, it is a voracious desire for worldly gain. Covetousness is an insatiable desire to find fulfilment, meaning and purpose in things instead of God. Apart from being a deadly sin, it is the mother of many other sins. In our passage today, we read of Judas Iscariot cautioning a woman who anointed Jesus with a costly ointment of spikenard not because he cared so much but indirectly because of his immoderate desire for money (covetousness). God had warned us in diverse places in the scripture against covetousness, the most popular being the tenth commandment in Exodus 20:17. This attribute has become the order of the day in our generation even among children of God. Covetousness prevents all good and incubates several other evil vices such as hatred, strife, bitterness and sometimes to the extreme of committing murder. As a child of God, you are called unto Godliness with contentment which is great gain (1Timothy 6:6). The correct attitude to the material things of this life is to be contented with the much God has blessed you with at any given time and also rejoice and be happy with whatever He has blessed your neighbours with. It is evident that covetousness is forbidden and attracts stiff punishment, it brings many sorrows, draws one away from the faith and ultimately leads to destruction and perdition (1Timothy 6:7-9), you must therefore watch out for any form of covetousness as you journey through this life, deal with it and be determined to live above it.




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