When burglars struck a Louisiana church known for feeding the homeless and hungry, the only thing church leaders could think to do was ask that they return the items. A church representative said they prayed and went on the media, saying the church could not afford to replace the items. They promised that if the thieves returned the stolen goods, they would not press charges. Within hours, a church member received an anonymous call telling them where they could find the missing items. The Police Chief Randy Smith said it was unusual for someone to break in and steal something of value and then return it, but he thought the church’s role in helping the community played a role in the decision. He said, “These individuals felt sorry for what they did and returned it, and the victim didn’t want to pursue charges, so we are all happy at the end of the day.”—Jim L. Wilson and Jim Sandell.
Ephesians 4:28 (HCSB) “The thief must no longer steal. Instead, he must do honest work with his own hands, so that he has something to share with anyone in need.”