Making money is a fine thing. Taking money is not. It is amazing how fertile the human brain can be in devising schemes to separate other people from their money. Have you gotten e-mails from Africa claiming that you are a trustee of a fortune? Or gotten e-mails from a “bank” that just needs your own checking account’s routing numbers to fix something?
Some people define morality as whatever they can get away with. If there is no one in the forest to hear the tree fall, did it really make a noise? If I never get caught, is it really wrong?
Circus entrepreneur P. T. Barnum remarked famously that a sucker was born every minute. Do you share Barnum’s sharp eye for taking advantage of people? You know how you hate being hustled and cheated. When you are selling something to somebody, are you driven by what’s good for you or what’s good for that person?
Remember that Someone is watching how you acquire your money. Satan owns the short term, but only the Lord can give lasting satisfaction, and his favor and blessing are worth far more than money. “Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth full of gravel” (Proverbs 20:17).
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