You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.
This verse is one of the Ten Commandments. When you are a child learning the Ten Commandments, you think to yourself, “That one is easy.” Then you become a wife and a mom, and this commandment can be the one that challenges you the most. Covet is another name for envy. Envy is a pervasive tendency in our lives, especially envy of another person’s house. It is easy to not be content with your house for various reasons. Maybe your house is too small for your family and everyone is on top of each other; maybe your house is old and ugly while your friend just bought a beautiful new home and is decorating it beautifully. Or maybe you like your house, but you long for a new bathroom, a new kitchen, or a pool. God tells us not to covet these things.
Isn’t it amazing that God put that commandment in the top 10? Why is that? He knows that envy sows the seeds of disillusionment and strife and He wants to protect us from those things. God wants us to live a life of freedom and joy in Him, not to be bound up by jealousy and envy. Coveting another person’s house not only damages your friendship with that person, it also damages you. Get happy with what you have and if you don’t like it, ask God to prepare a way for you to find peace with the place where you live or to provide a way you can move.
Wow! I have been so envious of my friend’s house. How did you know? It eats at me. I walk into their home and am filled with both envy and discontentment…I want what they have and hate what I have. It causes me to be very unpleasant to be around and fills me with such bondage. Forgive me, Father. Help me be content with what I have. I give You this burden…please take it from me.