Sermon Quotes: "Coveting and Its Cure"

“'Thou shalt not covet’ is the inspired commandment which shows the man who thinks himself to be moral that he really needs a Savior. The average such ‘moral’ man, who has lived comparing himself to other men and comparing himself to a rather easy list of rules, can feel, like Paul that he is getting along all right. But suddenly, when he is confronted with the inward command not to covet, he is brought to his knees.” Francis Schaeffer

“Covetousness is desiring something so much that you lose your contentment in God. The opposite of covetousness is contentment in God. When contentment in God decreases, covetousness for gain increases. That’s why Paul says in Colossians 3:5 that covetousness is idolatry. It’s idolatry because the contentment the heart should be getting from God, it starts to get from something else. So covetousness is desiring something so much that you lose your contentment in God. Coveting is desiring anything other than God in a way that betrays a loss of contentment and satisfaction in him.” John Piper

“The greatest good of the good news-the gospel-is the enjoyment of fellowship with God himself. This is made explicit in 1 Peter 3:18 in the phrase, ‘that he might bring us to God.’ That’s why Jesus died. All the other gifts of the gospel exist to make this one possible. We are forgiven so that our guilt does not keep us away from God. We are justified so that our condemnation does not keep us away from God. God is propitiated so that his wrath doesn’t stand between us and God as our Father. The gospel love that God gives us is ultimately the gift of himself. This is what we were made for. This is what we lost because of our sin. This is what Christ came to restore.” John Piper