1st Principle of Possession
Theft is everywhere today. The Ten Commandments say, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5). What we possess is not ours forever. We get and we give. Getting by giving something comparable in return is honest business. Getting by burglary, bank robbery, embezzlement, fraud, piracy, shoplifting, vandalism, annexation, swindling, kidnapping, deceptive pricing, rigged scales, overcharging, and underpaying are wrong. There is another way. Possessions provide us an opportunity to give as much as we can. God’s way is the opposite of stealing, marked by selfless giving rather than selfish getting. Jesus gave the 1st principle of possession, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35).