#8 Take What's Yours

Take what's yours, not what isn't. The eighth of the Ten Commandments is "You shall not steal."

- Have you ever taken anything that wasn't yours, regardless of the value?

- Have you ever "stolen" time from your workplace, by not giving reasonable effort to your job?

- Have you ever lifted a few items from the office?

- Do you treat other people's property with respect and care, the way you would treat your own?

- Do you value other people's time?

- Do you make sure to pay for everything you receive, unless it is given to you on purpose?

- Are you honest in your business dealings?

The Bible says that some of us even steal from God by not giving God
what He has asked from us, or by only giving Him the "leftovers" of our
time and money (Mal. 3:6-10). As the Creator, God is entitled to
whatever He wants. If He prompts you to give money, possessions, time,
or anything else away, you need to obey Him.

Practice the Commandment: If you have ever stolen something, even if it
was long ago and relatively insignificant, take it back, send it back,
or pay it back, along with interest plus a heartfelt apology. Show God you are
serious about keeping His eighth commandment by returning what isn't
yours! Also, heed the wisdom of Ephesians 4:28: "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


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