- 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!
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
- ©2001 Cherbear
This Week's Insights devotion for teens
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Daily Trail Blazer Devotions for pre teens
- Weekday devotions to go with this week's lesson!
- 1. God, the Giver
- 2. Working to Share
- 3. Master Thief
- 4. Stealing From God?
- 5. Giving Cheerfully
Lying is a problem that we will all
face from time to time. Let's see if we can learn to always be
truthful, next week! Come back!