“Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.” I Corinthians 6:10 NKJV
The loss of property can be a tremendous blow to a person or family. We tend to rely on what we have and if it is taken from us we can feel very lost and afraid. The law tries to define theft by amount lost, but to the one who suffers loss it is still grand larceny. But there is more than possessions that can be stolen. As seen in the commandment against adultery, someone can steal our spouse’s affections. As seen in the commandment against bearing false witness, someone can steal our reputation. There are many types of theft.
God gave another commandment that is not included in the “Big Ten”. He gave the commandment to love our neighbor as our self. When we follow the commandment of love we don’t steal from our neighbor. We do unto them as we would have them do unto us. We seek their welfare and not their harm. We seek their profit and not their loss. This is how we really practice the commandment “You shall not steal”.
Our Lord and God, As You have sought my good, so let me do for my neighbor. Amen.
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