W. Austin Gardner
I Timothy 3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Covetous means being fond of money, avaricious (greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property), money-hungry, lovers of money.
Covetousness is idolatry, Colossians 3:5. Covetousness refers to not being satisfied or content with what God gives you.
Covetousness causes us to seek things, or something else rather than God!
Loving ourselves was the first sin mentioned in this verse and it leads to the sin of loving money.
The love of money is the root of all evil. I Timothy 6:10
Loving money, being covetous is a Bible way of seeking prosperity. We are to die daily, take up our cross, not seek ourselves and what is best for us.
Covetousness skewers our perspective. It causes us to get off target and leads us to a trap.
Coveting is having an unlawful desire, wanting something that is not rightfully yours.
Covetousness is selfishness because it is about me and what I want.
Charles Kingsley said, “If you wish to be miserable, think about yourself, about what you want, about what you like, what respect people ought to pay you, what people think of you; and then, to you, nothing will be pure; you will spoil everything you touch; you will make sin and misery for yourself out of everything God sends you; you will be as wretched as you choose.”
Remember that life is not about the abundance of things that we have. Luke 12:15
The hunger for money, being covetous or desiring to be rich causes one to fall into temptation and traps. I Timothy 6:9-10.