[CF Devotionals] 2010-10-17 - Positive Side of the Eighth Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 48
Eighth Commandment, Part 4

The other point to remember is that if we focus on loving God and others, we will be concerned about how to care for them, how to be responsible. Then, except due to simple lack of awareness, we will not be in danger of stealing from others.

Now let us consider the positive side of the commandment. If we are called not to steal, and we want not only to avoid breaking the commandment but we want to do more, we have to ask: what is the opposite of stealing?

It isn't enough to not take what isn't ours. We also need to focus on giving what is ours. Don't you think it might be appropriate for those of us who have, to help those who don't? This really isn't a leap of logic, because Paul makes a direct connection between taking and giving.

"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" (Ephesians 4:28).

Again, we are called to be the Lord's witnesses to those with whom we come in contact. This means our lives aren't to be typified by what we don't do, but by what we do. So again, the question becomes: what can we do to carry out this command, from a positive perspective?

To be continued.

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Geoff

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