Commandments (9)

The tenth law that God gave to His people is about wanting things that belong to another person. Exodus 20:17 tells us this last commandment. “You must not want to take your neighbor’s house. You must not want his wife. And you must not want his men and women servants or his cattle or his donkeys. You must not want to take anything that belongs to another person.”

We should not want the things that belong to someone else. This commandment is about having an attitude of satisfaction. If we are satisfied with what we have, we will not want what belongs to another person.

If you are not satisfied with the things you have, you might want to have a bigger house, a newer car or fancier clothes. Instead of being dissatisfied, you should be thankful that your home is warm in the winter. You should be thankful that your car takes you to work every day. And you should be thankful for the clothes that you have. Wanting something that belongs to someone else is the opposite of thankfulness.

What about you? Are you always wanting the things that your friends have? God can help you be satisfied and thankful for what you have.