(Exodus 20:15 NIV) ""You shall not steal."
(Ephesians 4:28 NIV) "He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need."
(Malachi 3:8 NIV) ""Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings."
Stealing has become a way of life for many today. We steal time from employers when we don’t work the hours we clock and don’t produce as much as we could. Some take advantage of people by overcharging them. They cash in on another’s plight, which is commonly known as price gouging. We steal when we don’t repay what we owe others. We steal when we spend more than we make, and then fail to make our payments. We steal another’s reputation when we pass on that bit of juicy gossip. But perhaps the most common kind of theft happens every Sunday when the offering plate is passed and Christians fail to give what they actually could. We want more for ourselves, and so we hold out on God. Many believers today rob God in tithes and offerings on a weekly basis and never bat an eye. Lord, have mercy! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day