Greed can be defined as the excessive desire to acquire or possess more than one need or deserves. There are two stereotypes of the greedy person: one is extravagant, making a show of his possessions to impress others; the other is a miser who has a lot of money but hoards it and delights in counting it but not using it.
Dr. Billy Graham in the book of seven deadly says that Greed has two cousins. The first is covetousness – the desire to have what others possess. The second sin that accompanies greed is envy. If covetousness means that I want what others have, envy means that I resent the blessings or good fortune others have received.
There are at least three forms of greed
1) Obsessive desire for ever more material goods and the attendant power. In this form, earthly goods are chiefly a means to an end, which is really not that far off from a healthy view. The money, real estate, cars are simply things used to achieve, wield and display personal power. To destroy our desire for power, we must be generous in granting power to others. When appropriate, be submissive to others. Avoid jobs that are a temptation for a “power grab.” Share credit for successes with others, and claim a fair share of responsibility for failures being blamed on others. We can’t control everything anyway, so we might as well learn to relax in God’s hands.
2) Fearful need to store up surplus goods for a vaguely defined time of want. Greed is simply a desire to have so much that we can’t possibly run out. The stock market could crash, we could lose our jobs or health, and we could be sued. If we acquire enough stock, real estate, or T-bills, we think we will be safe from want. This is an illusion. Jesus said, “Perfect love casts out fear.” Trust in God frees us from a need to build a massive buffer against poverty
3) Desire for more earthly goods for their own sake. When we die, we take nothing with us. If we are bound by “disordered attachments” to worldly goods, the separation forced upon us by death will be even more painful. If we are destined for eternal glory, the temporary enjoyment of trinkets in this life is simply absurd.
Taken from http://chiselnewsletter.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/sept-2011/
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