The Motivations of a Thief
By: Rick Boxx
July 23, 2013

In my business life I have had occasions when people have stolen from me. At first it was easy to take it very personal and want revenge.

The next question I wanted to understand was, “Why?” The motive behind their theft is important, even though all theft still requires justice.

Proverbs 6:30-31 teaches, “Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is hungry; But when he is found, he must repay sevenfold; He must give all the substance of his house.”

A leader will at times be disappointed by others, especially when someone takes what is yours. The good leader seeks justice, but also pursues understanding of their motivation. This allows the leader’s response to be appropriate, and sometimes sympathetic to the thief’s plight.
 

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