A Widespread Problem

Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. - (Ephesians 4:28)

Stealing is such a widespread problem in our culture today. And among those who know stealing is wrong, it is interesting why they think it is wrong. A study was done among those who stole or thought about stealing, and the question was asked, “Why don’t you steal?” The number one reason given was, “I might get caught.” Number two was, “The other person might try to get even.” And reason number three? “I might not need the item.”

How about this reason? God says it is a sin.

Here’s what the Bible has to say about stealing: “Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need” (Ephesians 4:28).

“Steal no longer.”It’s a no-brainer. Don’t steal. If you have stolen, stop. If you took something from someone, give it back. Don’t just confess your sin of stealing and then keep what you took. Give it back. It’s called making restitution.

“Rather let him labor, working with his hands. . . .”Do something useful. God wants you to go out and be responsible and work for a living. The Bible says that whoever doesn’t work shouldn’t eat (see 2 Thessalonians 3:10). News flash: The world doesn’t owe you a living. The government doesn’t owe you a living. Be responsible and work if you can.

“That he may have something to give to him who has need . . .” Share what you have so that you may share with those who are in need. When you work hard and save your money, you are able to help others.

“You shall not steal”—it’s one of the Ten Commandments. Don’t take things that don’t belong to you.

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