Did you dip your hand in the cookie jar?

 

“Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God.” -1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Admitting things at times can be difficult but it’s the right thing to do. I remember wanting to pull pranks on my grandparents and stealing fake ants from the store. When she found out because I had left them in my pants pocket and they were mixed in with the laundry. I thought the end of my life was before me. She quickly took me back to the store and made me apologize to the manager and return the stolen item.That was not the only time I had made a choice to steal.  I also remember being a teenager and while I was working at a register I snacked on items when I would get hungry even though I told myself I would pay for them when I received my check. I wasn’t thinking about the cameras that were viewing me. As a result no matter my explanation or intentions I lost my job. The bible says “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy” -Proverbs 28:13 Most people do not want to think of themselves as thieves, because they know stealing is wrong. But we need to call a thing a thing. The bible says “Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”-1 Corinthians 6:11

Do you think I was guilty of the 8th commandment?  What’s the difference between borrowing and taking? and When does taking become stealing?

Let me just say that Borrowing is asking for and receiving permission to use someone else’s personal property with a specific agreement regarding when it will be returned and in what condition, along with an agreement regarding consequences if the item was not returned by the specified time or in the original condition. Taking is using someone else’s personal property without going through the steps above. Stealing is taking while intentionally hiding both the act of taking and the item taken. As Mount Sinai quaked and smoked, and as lightning flashed and thunder and trumpets sounded, God enunciated the eighth commandment: "You shall not steal!” -Exodus 20:15 There is great punishment for stealing.- 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

If you think about it there are many forms of stealing.Perhaps what’s important to consider is what is your heart towards the victims.? We are called to love one another, and stealing (in its many various forms) is not an expression of love but an expression of envy, greed, and selfishness. I realize that it’s pretty easy to confront what we can see as obvious stealing, but I myself am guilty of some things that can be considered stealing too. I have also had my forays in the gray areas in between. Good thing there’s always that open door of reconciliation through Jesus!-1 Corinthians 6:11  

God says above all else He is on our side and pulling for us.  Be careful with the decisions you make and make sure you have truly “counted the cost”. His way works, Trust Him. “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, be content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I forsake you’”-Hebrews 13:5

I pray that if you have been stealing  the Holy Spirit will convict you of the sin, causing your heart to be broken before God in repentance, so that you will be cleansed. God, He has given us hope! We have His promise in His Word that if we confess and forsake this sin of stealing, He will forgive us for Christ’s sake. For “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”-1 John 1:9

Felicia McDanielComment