Friday, January 11, 2013

The Smallest Commandment

Q. What seems like the most unimportant commandment in the Ten Commandments? (In my opinion)
A. The tenth, coveting.


Coveting seems like the smallest, most unimportant commandments. Two reasons,
1. We break it so often we tend to forget.

2. It's the kind of thing that you don't say out loud. All you have to do to covet is just... well... think. Like maybe: Oh my goodness! She got that for Christmas! Oh, I so want that! I wish my parents were that generous! In order, to... say, lie, (another 'unimportant' commandment,) you have to speak. Coveting is more hidden than that. It's so easy to do it!

So... why did God put this rule on the Ten Commandments? I mean, gee, does God really expect us to keep this commandment? Why didn't He just think of another commandment in the Ten Commandments. Like, don't be prideful?

Well, even though coveting seems so small, it's actually really important.

Let's start at the basics. Coveting is simply wanting something that you don't have. It's pretty easy to do. Sometimes we just can't help it. I can't help wanting my ten-year-old cousin's iPad. We girls can't help wanting that really cute guy who has a relationship already. You, guys, can't help wanting that girl who looks so pretty in her tight skirt. Coveting is so easy. It's natural to do.

Well.... while coveting doesn't seem so important, it's what it can lead to that matters.

I mean, think about it. A unmarried couple might sleep together and regret their decision afterwards. Outside of marriage, sex is obviously a abomination to God. It's a terrible sin.  But where did this horrible sin start? Most likely, coveting. The guy took something he didn't own. Why? Because he wanted that! The girl took happiness and love, that didn't belong to her.Why? Because she wanted it. Suppose the girl gets pregnant and then gets an abortion Which is another unthinkable sin? How did this whole thing start? From one little sin. Coveting.

This world is full of coveting these days. All you have to do is listen to the radio. The hit song, 'Want U Back' by Cher Llyod is a good example. This song tells a story of a girl who dumped a guy, and then sees him with another girl. "Boy, you can say anything you wanna/I don't give a sh/No one else can have you/I want you back/I broke up thinking you'd be crying/Now I feel like sh/Looking at you flying." Cher isn't thinking about the guy's feeling, she's  jealous of his happiness! If you listen to the song, it's pretty obvious that Cher is mad and jealous. Still, she sings, "This ain't even jealousy." But I don't blame her. I've done it many times.   (Through she does not cuss, she says the first syllable of the s- word.)

Jesus commanded us to covet because He wants us to be happy with what he gave us, even if we think we don't have hardly anything. Because no matter what kind of situation you're in, God has a plan for you and He has a reason for everything. Maybe you're single, maybe you're poor, maybe you're alone, or maybe you're sick. No matter what, God is faithful and He has a special reason for everything even when we don't see it. He's given us everything we need. Put it this way: God will give you everything you need because He loves and wants what's best for you. That's why we shouldn't covet. We need to be thankful about what God gave us now.

You have all you need. All you need to do is be satisfied with it.

1 comment:

  1. That is awesome!! I can totally relate!! So glad that it's gonna be in the newspaper!!!!!!



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