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Lord God, forgive me if I have been untruthful towards the people at home or at work. Show me how to apologise where my failing has hurt someone or damaged their reputation or integrity. Where possible help me to compensate them. Grant me your pardon. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord, I pray for doctors who have to disclose to patients the results of tests indicating they only have a short while to live. Help them to be truthful, caring and sensitive. Help those patients to be strong and courageous, and loving towards their loved ones. In Christ’s name. AMEN.
Lord may this day become a day lived to your glory and honour. Help me to remember your loving kindness down all the previous years of my life. Help me to concentrate on Jesus, to radiate his love, to know his truth, to live as a disciple of his should, and to introduce others to him. AMEN.
“Do not steal”.
Ex 20:15 GNB
The commandment to refrain from stealing is probably one that the majority of Christian believers feel is superfluous. We would never dream of stealing.
“There is, for instance, theft of time, perhaps the most common form of theft today. Employees contract to do so many hours’ work for so much pay and fail to do it. We start late, finish early, stretch coffee, lunch and tea breaks, and waste time in between. This is theft” (J.I. Packer, Keeping the Ten Commandments, p91). An even more common form of stealing employers’ time is the widespread practice of making and receiving telephone calls during working time. Many employees spend long periods talking to family members on their cell (i.e. mobile) phones. One call might only be a few minutes, but half a dozen calls in one day can add up to a significant period of time – for which the employer is paying!
“It is theft too when a tradesman fails to give value for money. The Old Testament damns false weights and measures; the modern equivalent is overpricing goods and services, cashing in on another’s need. Profiteering and all forms of overcharging are theft.
Again, it is theft when debts are left unpaid, thus robbing the person owed of the use of money to which he is morally entitled. Letting debts hang on is a way of life for some, but the Bible condemns it. ‘Owe no one anything, except to love each other’, says Paul (Romans 13:8) If we really love our neighbour, we shall not try to postpone paying him.
Finally, it is theft to steal a reputation, destroying someone’s credibility by malicious gossip behind his back” (J.I. Packer, p91, 92).
Be careful to think through these and other forms of stealing.
Lord, help me to resist all forms of temptation to steal.
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