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29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers,  

 

covetousness,

“Covetousness” is the inordinate desire to have more. This word comes from two Greek words: to have and more. It is unlimited selfishness. This is a person who pursues his own desires at the cost and disregard of other people. This person is never satisfied; it is the insatiable desire to have more.

PRINCIPLE:

Some people do not have the capacity to be sated, because of their orientation.

APPLICATION:

Some people have an endless desire to have more. These people are never satisfied. There is always something better on the other side of the fence. Their house is not big enough and their car is not expensive enough. Each level they reach is not high enough.

This kind of person never possesses wealth; wealth possesses him. This person deprives himself of the end of getting. He cannot enjoy what he has. He does not possess things to enjoy them but to have them. This is starvation in the middle of plenty. This is service without earnings and a longing in plenty. People can be up to their necks in water and still be thirsty. Covetousness is the lust to get more.

Covetousness is an aggressive corruption. It is the willingness to pursue one’s own interests with complete disregard for others. Rapacity is characteristic of covetousness; it is unbridled lust for more. Some people are never satisfied with what they have. Colossians 3:5 says covetousness is idolatry because a total focus on getting becomes one’s god. Covetousness dies only at death.

Co 3: 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

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