You shall not covet!
First of all you must know and understand that it is by grace you have been saved. It is not because of your good works etc.. But if you count yourself religious and still rely on the law to be forgiven and saved, than yes, you must read them and understand and keep. Every one of them.
Secondly I would like to add that for the word “law” in Hebrew in regard to these 10 commandments correct translation should be “principles.” God gave not only to the Jews but to whole world principles by which if lived, than there can be love, joy, peace and other blessings in person’s life.
Thirdly, any command or principle is with much more greater emphasis from that how we often see and comprehend them. For example it is said: “you shall not murder.” We directly imagine murdering human being. But actually is said also: “if you are angry at your brother or sister…” you are broken this one commandment already. You are murderer in your heart.
Furthermore, it is extremely important to understand that the main reason why the Law was given is, to show people that they are sinful and they are in great need of Redeemer. Galatians 3:19.
Since we have Redeemer already (to everyone who accepts Him and begin to follow His principles), each and every Law, commandment and decree, what ever there may be, are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. He did it for you on the Roman cross. Now, as He through the Holy Spirit begins to work in you, you will be made able to love GOD and love others as yourself.
You will be able to walk with God.
For those who love God and are loved by God, there are no really Law to follow for the entire Law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: "Love your neighbour as yourself" (Galatians 5:14).
The law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:17.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us (Galatians 3:13).
If and still there is any doubt in your heart, see all Commandments (just to understand that not even one person has been able to keep them and will be not, for all people are sinful from birth and are in need of Saviour).
In every way seek the Truth, for Christ is the culmination of the Law so that there may be Righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 10:4.
All who do love are from God and God's Principles for godly living automatically are in his/her heart, for God Himself put them in. All people are saved exclusively by faith alone, by grace alone in/ through Christ alone.
The life and godly walking according the God's advices will be what brings peace, joy and happiness. Not the concentration on the so called 10 commandments.
People who are free from the Law are enabled to live, and serve God from the bottoms of their hearts; they are able to love and do more than those who follow and try to live according to the Law.
Anyway, here is the good, holy and perfect Law:
You shall not covet nothing what belongs to others.
"You shall not covet your neighbour's house. You shall not covet your neighbour's wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour."
This commandment forbids to covet, to desire, to lust after anything what belongs to others. Coveting is immoral longing for something what we do not have. This commandment is frightening for our nature always craves for something what we see to have others. Human beings are always inclined to think of themselves first, but God is teaching first to think of others. Covetousness always brings curses and Paul in epistle to Romans 7:7 clearly recognised that he (and no one else) is not able to fulfil the law.
James in His letter warns us how dangerous our appetites for more can be -
"each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don't be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters." (James 1:14-16).
Coveting can lead in many ways to forsake all the other nine commandments
Coveting can be the form of idolatry, because if our desire is for something else than God, than that is pure form of idolatry and it can be the stumbling block to enter the kingdom of God. (Ephesians 5:5).
For that reason Paul is saying - "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (covetousness), which is idolatry." (Colossians 3:5).
Jesus said - "What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evils come from inside and defile a person." (Mark 7:20-23).
If any of us just for a moment dare to think that we can be good (by doing good things etc..) than that is a lie from Satan who
"was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies." (John 8:44).
Commandment - do not covet, and all of the rest of ten commandments shows us one thing -that we are absolutely hopeless sinners and only by the God's own provided way - Jesus Christ, and by His grace we can have hope. Without Him in our hearts we are lost already for eternity.
"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory (in everything) through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:57).
So, all of you who have Jesus Christ in your hearts, - love your God, maintain daily relationship with Him and love your neighbour.
"Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not covet," and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: "Love your neighbour as yourself. Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law." (Romans 13:8-10)
John 13:34; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8; Matthew 7:12.
Not you and not I are able to fulfil even one of the smallest commandments. So, trust in God and trust in Jesus; "walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16).
If you hear the doctrine that you must do good works in order earn the way to heaven, run. Run and look not back! There is nothing we can do to earn the way to God our Father as only through His own provided way. That is His Son Jesus Christ. (John 14:6). Rely on Him in everything! Not only on Sundays but every minute of your life. Live as wise not as unwise and make Him your Master over everything.
Three great doctrines must to be studied and understood in regard to the Ten commandments.
First is that the "law was given through Moses.
second is that the grace and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:17).
Third is that Jesus did not abolished the Law or the Prophets; He fulfilled them. (Matthew 5:17).
This points that we are not under the law anymore but under the grace. (Romans 6:14).
Shall we do away with the law? (Romans 3:31).
All Ten Commandments are fulfilled by Jesus Christ. If we have not accepted Him as the only way to heavenly Father than we must keep all law. Yet no one has been able to do that.
In fact Jesus said that if we are angry at our brother or sister than it is equal to murder. (Matthew 21:22).
"Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him." (1 John 3:15).
Keep Jesus in front of your eyes constantly and you will do good.
All of you who do not yet have Jesus, listen to His own Words. He is inviting you come to Him right now -
He is saying - come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Let anyone who is thirsty come to Me and drink.
Turn to Me, He says, and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I AM God, and there is no other.
"Finally, all of you who trust in God the Father and in His Son Jesus Messiah, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?" (1 Peter 3:8-13).
How can we do any good!? How can we lie not, covet not, steal not, murder not....? How can we keep any Law? Only by the help of God our Father through Jesus Christ our Saviour by His Good Holy Spirit which abides in us, and strengthens us, encourages, teaches and leads. (1 Corinthians 6:19).
"Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious Name. We thank You Father for Your indescribable gift to us!"