By: Ely Lagajino
Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 (KJV)
The man behind the fictional stories that display action, romance, and archery skills became famous. His name is Robin Hood, a thief and a criminal. Although he robbed the rich and gave it to the poor, the “end does not justify the means.” The right intention does not make the wrong doing right.
Stealing or robbing destroys a relationship built on trust, and it destroys self-respect. When you receive anything from theft you also become a participant to the crime.
To safeguard our rights to lawfully acquire and own property, God includes the eighth commandment “thou shalt not steal.” Stealing can take in many forms, including cheating. Every attempt to benefit oneself through ignorance, weakness, or disaster of another is recorded in heaven’s books under cheating.
Stealing may also mean intentionally wasting away time paid for work or delaying or not paying debts, wages, and tithes. It says in Colossians 4:1, “Master, give your bond servants what is just and fair, knowing that you also have a master in heaven.”In Malachi 3: 8 it says, “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.”
Apostle Paul says, He who has been stealing must repent and steal no longer, and must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those who are weak and in need.
By God’s grace, one of the thieves crucified alongside Jesus, repented and received forgiveness, (Luke 23:41-43).