Re:Verse passage –Exodus 20:15 (day five)
“You shall not steal.”
Theft reveals a lack of faith in God and a lack of love for our neighbor.
If we do trust in God’s promise and capability to supply all our needs, then there could be no reason to steal. Theft by a believer in any fashion is a sin against God and His providence.
If stealing evidences an absence of love (trust) for God, it also demonstrates a disregard for loving our neighbor. Martin Luther says we break the eighth commandment whenever we take “advantage of our neighbor in any sort of dealing that results in loss to them”.
Jesus summed it up: We must love the Lord with fierce determination. We must also love our neighbors with compassion and graciousness.