Proverbs 6: 30 – 31 – ‘Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold, though it costs him all the wealth of his house.’
When we get desperate, we often do silly things – even break the law as this verse shows. If you and your family are starving, you will steal to get food into your bellies. Although people may not blame you for acting like this, it is just that you need to pay for this act if caught.
Biblically, although stealing may have saved you from starving through that one act, this results in needing to pay it back seven times over in spite of your lack that resulted in the desire to steal in the first place. Breaking the law is never the answer; loving the poor, orphaned, widowed and starving is.
As Christians with enough, it is our responsibility to provide for those who don’t have enough. We can do this through giving:
- Kind words
- A bed to sleep in
The list goes on! If you discover someone doing something wrong, rather than judge them for it, consider the situation that led to it. For the future, is there something that can be done to prevent a reoccurrence? Prevention is better than judgement for one wrong action. However, the offender needs to recognise that their action was wrong and repent of this.
Financial tip – establish a separate bank account for your child. If you put away $10 a week for 18 years, this totals $9,360 dollars for a deposit, education or something else. If you invested $10 a week for 18 years at 5% interest, this would total in excess of $14,600 at the end.