“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Micah 2:1-2



What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,
thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
simply because you have the power to do so.

When you want a piece of land,
you find a way to seize it.
When you want someone’s house,
you take it by fraud and violence.
You cheat a man of his property,
stealing his family’s inheritance…


– Micah 2:1-2 (NLT)






There are many

who claim to be Christians and “believers”

but whose actions go contrary

to God’s command that we should love others as ourselves.

In truth, such people only love themselves

and nobody else.


Their covetousness,

their greed,

and their claim to power

makes them scheme, night and day,

on how to rob and cheat and have more

– even if it is to the serious detriment of others,

including the poorer members of society.


We would do well

not to forget that the fifth and the tenth commandments

prohibit not only violence and injustice,

but also the coveting of other’s belongings.

Such inordinate desire for what belongs to others

is very much at the root of theft, robbery and fraud,

which the seventh commandment very clearly forbids.


As “believers” we would do well to remember

our Lord Jesus Christ’s warning:

“For you will be treated as you treat others.” (Mt 7:2)






Lord, please forgive me

and help me recollect whatever I may have cheated from others,

to give it all back…in Your name.


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