My Fitness

Sunday, August 25, 2013

greed - wants out of control (life under control week 5 day 3)

"Greed means an excessive desire for getting or having something, especially wealth; a desire for more than one needs or deserves, wanting or taking all one can get with no thought of others." We can see that lust and greed are very closely related to the point that someone could confuse one for the other. Well, sin is sin no matter what name you call it. Wether lust or greed, these idols keep us from intimacy with God.

Contentment continues to be elusive as long as SIN undercuts satisfaction. Replace "SIN" with your idol of choice.

Greed (or covetousness) even made God's Top Ten. Don't do it. When you find yourself being greedy or coveting something, bring it to God and ask him to straighten out your path. How? In Romans, we find the answer is directly to love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no harm. Love is the fulfillment of the law. "Do not covet" by "loving your neighbor". We can pray that we would grow in love!
For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
(Ephesians 5:5 ESV)
Colossians 3:5 says we are to do away with "covetousness, which is idolatry." And in verse 12 starts the remedy: Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
(Colossians 3:12-17 ESV)

In fact, all 17 verses that start out the third chapter of Colossians is worth reading in topic right now. I encourage you to read it: Colossians 3:1-17. I like these verses because it states very clearly and simplistically a "do not" immediately followed with the "do instead".

Heavenly Father, grant me contentment and satisfaction in life based on my relationship with You. Lord God, I pray for freedom from any kind of greed that may come into my life. Help me keep my eyes focused only on you.

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