What is stealing?

“You shall not steal” (Exodus 20:15)

Lets put aside the obvious stuff. What about downloading illegal music? Taking home stationary? Milking expenses? Declaring all taxes due, no shortcuts.

Then what about time, time with God taken by other things? If we wanted to think a little deeper we would all be challenged by areas of stealing. Will you take the time to allow God to show you your heart. You may be surprised.

Do we steal His resources and His time? We are only stewards after all. Are we sowing what He’s asking us to sow and only consuming that which is set apart to bless us?

God’s measure is absolute. Fortunately so His is grace mercy and forgiveness. Make any corrections you need to make and move on.

Quick Prayer. “Enlighten my mind to where I have robbed you or others Lord.” Amen

A Big Price to Pay.

“Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel.” (Pro 20:17)

There is always a temptation to take the easy path. Often the easy answer has some inherent shortcuts or shortcomings. We can often justify this behavior by telling ourselves, “They will never know” or “It won’t hurt anyone.”

In the short term, it may even garner a good result. You may well get the quick win or the instant gratification. However, the Scripture here is very clear: in the longer term, there is always a price to pay for dishonesty or fraud.

Fraud doesn’t have to be grand larceny; just some deception will be enough to meet the definition. A “mouth full of gravel” doesn’t sound like an insignificant consequence ether. God’s Word is to protect us, not to spoil the party.

Quick Prayer: Keep me strictly honest in all my dealings. Amen.