Borrowed, taken, fiddled, stolen, extorted, found, or acquired

Am I guilty of not treating others as I expect to be treated or as Jesus said ‘Love others as yourself’

in Leviticus 6   – New International Version (NIV)

The Lord said to Moses: “If anyone sins and is unfaithful to the Lord by deceiving a neighbor about something entrusted to them or left in their care or about something stolen, or if they cheat their neighbor, or if they find lost property and lie about it, or if they swear falsely about any such sin that people may commit— when they sin in any of these ways and realize their guilt, they must return what they have stolen or taken by extortion, or what was entrusted to them, or the lost property they found, or whatever it was they swore falsely about. They must make restitution in full, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the owner on the day they present their guilt offering.

With the start of lent its a good time to reflect on how we have acted over the past year or so. Have we taken from others what is theirs wrongly?

As I think on this the current fuss about big business not paying their tax comes to mind, this means others have to pay more.

Mathew 17   24 After Jesus and his disciples arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the two-drachma temple tax came to Peter and asked, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?”

25 “Yes, he does,” he replied.

When Peter came into the house, Jesus was the first to speak. “What do you think, Simon?” he asked. “From whom do the kings of the earth collect duty and taxes—from their own children or from others?”

Yet Jesus implies that tax normally comes not from the countries own people but from others.

SO if you think back over the year, have you borrowed, taken, fiddled, stolen, extorted, found, or acquired something which does not belong to you and not given it back? Then you need to do so ask for forgiveness and make it right with whoever you have deprived.


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