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.
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)
REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…
Lord, please forgive me
and help me recollect whatever I may have cheated from others,
to give it all back…in Your name.