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23rd March 2024


Greed / Covetousness



Because from the least of them even to the greatest of them, everyone is given to covetousness; And from the prophet even to the priest, everyone deals falsely.

  

Jeremiah 6:13


Greed is an intense and selfish desire for something, often something belonging to another. The Bible speaks of greed as covetousness, as in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:17). 


Greed seeks more than its own in life. It cheats, robs and slanders to achieve its desires. The Bible teaches that we are born with the sin of covetousness (Jeremiah 6:13). 


Greed is rated with other sins like wickedness and maliciousness in Romans 1:29. Greed is idolatry and not to be confused with riches, if riches have been earned honestly. But if riches choke out spiritual life, then it is sin. 


Many people have been blessed by the story of Zacchaeus and challenged to turn from a life of greed to a life of giving—and God’s blessing falls on them when they live according to the attributes of Christ. Everything that we see about us that we count as our possessions only comprises a loan from God.

Bible Reading

Luke 19:1-10.


Prayer

Help me not to be greedy, and to share the things You have given with others, Father God. In Jesus name. Amen.

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