What Is Greed? Part-4

Seven Deadly Sins

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Greed is the third in a series of Seven Deadly Sins. The name describes the severity of these sins: these are mortal sins.
Greed is inordinate love of material things and an unbalanced desire for more earthly possessions. A greedy person cherishes things more than he cherishes people or relationships.

“It’s never enough, I gotta have more”
is the motto of the ugly sin called greed. Like its sister sin, gluttony, greed is a drive to consume for the sheer pleasure of consuming without regard to moderation.

Greed is the selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed.
Hoarding things for the sake of hoarding is a form of greed. So is buying things you don’t need just for the sake of possessing them.

Greed is also the act of taking more than your fair share in order to hurt others: it says “I’m better than you because I have more; you can’t have it because I already have it.”

In short, greed is amassing material goods for the sheer pleasure of accumulating.


Why is Greed a Mortal Sin?
There are several reasons why greed is considered a deadly sin.

    * Greed is a sign of mistrust. It is an expression of doubt that God will provide all that you need. It is disbelieving Jesus when He promises that God will provide everything you need (Luke 12:22-31).

    * Greed promotes crime. More crimes have been committed due to greed than any other deadly sin. Greed drives people to steal, lie, and even kill in order to acquire more wealth and worldly possessions.

* Greed is the pinnacle of selfishness. Greed ruins marriages, destroys friendships, and divides families all in the selfish pursuit of gratifying one’s self. Greed is the opposite of charity, generosity and love. Greed disregards all others and puts falsely high importance on the self: it is a form of self-worship.

Living too greedily stops you living life to the full because you are constantly hounded by the need to satisfy your own impulses.

What Does God Say About Greed?

Regarding those who are greedy the Bible says, "The greedy bring ruin to their households, but those who hate bribes will live." (Proverbs 15: 27).

There are people whom the Bible describes as greedy in the commission of sin (Ephesians 4:19). One word that involves and describes greed is the word "covet." There are about seven different Hebrew and Greek words translated covet. "To desire for oneself," "to fix the mind on," and "to extend the arms for anything" are the meanings of three of these words translated covet. 

Jesus addressed some greedy people when he said, "Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." (Luke 12: 15). Jesus then described a greedy farmer and the waste that characterized him (vs. 16-21). Greed precludes contentment (Heb. 13: 5). Moreover, greed is the prolific cause of all evil. "The love of money is the root of all evil," penned Paul (I Timothy 6: 10). 

Overcoming Greed with Generosity

Greed can be overcome by practicing generosity and gratitude. Recognizing that only a finite number of things are needed in order to live, and to live well is a step toward overcoming greed.

Limiting the number of things you accumulate and being grateful and appreciative of what you have can put an end to greed; so can giving freely of both your time and possessions.

One should need :
    * Transparency
    * Truth
    * Accepting Responsibility
    * Deciding you can live on less
    * Accepting Accountability




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