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The Eighth Commandment

"You shall not steal." Deuteronomy 5:19

The Ten Commandments (8) - Look Before You Leap!

Have you been tempted to take something that does not belong to you? What if you took something by accident? Is it stealing? God wants you to seek to do the right thing always. As soon as He reveals to you what you did was wrong, you need to do whatever it takes to correct it. Always test your heart and make sure you are honest with others and yourself.

When someone violates us by taking what belongs to us we are effected in many ways. Thinking about how we would feel if someone stole from us will help us to be honest with others. If we steal, we show we cannot be trusted. It destroys us as well as those we may victimize. We can show others the love of Jesus that is in our hearts. They will see we can be trusted. Loving God means that we will "look before we leap." When we see something we want, we will make sure it is ours to take! God knows our hearts and will hold us accountable.

Blessed Are You!

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for rightneousness,
for they will be filled!"
Matthew 5:6

God also knows the desires of our hearts. We should do good because of our love for God. He does not want us to fear Him. He wants us to love, respect, honor and obey Him. When we fear what we do could hurt God, we are growing in Christian maturity. He will fill our hearts with more of His goodness when we seek to do the right thing!

Joshua Jackrabbit has a problem. He thought he found a patch of wild carrots. He had so much fun gathering them. Now he sees that they belong to someone else. Because he dug them from the garden, they will spoil if they are not eaten soon. Joshua would never want to steal the carrots. He will find the owner and tell what He has done. God will replace his sadness with joy because Joshua Jackrabbit really wants to do what is right!
©2001 Cherbear

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