“Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wfe, not his manservant, not his maidservant, nor his ox, not his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbors.” Exodus 20:17
“The last commandment condemns covetousness. Every selfish desire,every degree of discontent, every act of overreaching, every selfish gratification works to the strengthening and developing of a character which will destroy the Christlikeness of the human agent, and close the gates of the city of God against him.
“When. . . angles come to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation, and witness the exhibition of selfishness, of covetousness, of overreaching, and benefiting self at others’ disadvantage, they turn away in grief. . . . In no way could the Lord be better glorified and the truth more highly honored, than for unbelievers to see that the truth has wrought a great and good work upon the lives of naturally covetous and penurious men. If it could be seen that the faith of such had the influence to mold their characters, to change them from close, selfish, overreaching, money-loving men, to men who love to do good, who seek opportunities to use their means to bless those who need to be blessed, who visit the widow and fatherless in their affliction, and who keep themselves unspotted from the world, it would be evidence that their religion was genuine. . . . Those who profess to be waiting and watching for the appearing of their Lord should not disgrace their profession by bantering in deal and standing for the last penny. Such fruit does not grow upon the Christian tree.
“The tenth commandment strikes at the very root of all sins, prohibiting the selfish desire, from which springs the sinful act. He who in obedience to God’s law refrains from indulging even a sinful desire for that which belongs to another, will not be guilty of an act of wrong toward his fellow creatures.”
Sons and Daughters of God, by Ellen White, p. 65, for February 28, 2023.
May God Bless You, and Keep you under His Wings…like a Mother hen. . . taking care of her chicks!
Farmers tend to understand life, by observing their livestock, pets, and fowls. Nature shows a Mother Hen, to gather her children, when it begins to rain…under her feathers. Her natural instincts, show how the chick, might “look up” and drown by getting rain in their nose…
This also shows how “words” change, even writing the word “chicks” can mean something else, to someone who isn’t in the habit of knowing the difference between hens and roosters.
Words change, and mean different things to different people. . . . but God’s WORD, continues to be light in the darkness. . . and we see it in the friendly smile of friends. . . . knowing we can trust them.
A sign along a farm, I saw today, read, “Love you neighbors as God loves you.” God loves you like His sons and daughters, He cares, He hears your prayers, like my daddy did when he knelt down with us by our bed at night to say our prayers.
For some praying, is like talking to God, and He already knows what I need before I pray. . . . He knows my thoughts, my dreams, and I can’t tell Him something He doesn’t already know….because He loves me, and He loves you too!
Jesus is the kind of friend, who would lay His life down for you!