Quit stealing…

Listen to this, you who rob the poor and trample down the needy! Amos 8:4
Last time the subject was on being a thief.
After meditating on God’s word a bit more I realized it is more than stealing someone’s blessing by denying their giving; it is also about stealing their encouragement, happiness, hope, and joy.
Linda noticed how quick people are to dis someone, even if by accident.
It happened when a good friend of ours was having a medical procedure done and posted that fact on Facebook.
Soon the “friends” were bombarding the status with things like “oh, you’ll regret doing that,” “I had it done and it took me months to get over it”, or some other discouraging remark.
Why can’t we just encourage someone with “I’m praying for you”?
Maybe a “Keeping you in my heart and prayers all day!”
The bible says if you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. Eph 4:28-29
Notice the language – give generously to others in need! That includes blessing and encouragement; positive words to help!
It also says “don’t use foul or abusive language”. Could that also mean saying something that would discourage someone? Yes, because the next phrase is let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
To do otherwise is to fall into this verse from John 10:10 – The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
When it comes down to it, the thief wants to steal joy, kill hope, and destroy encouragement.
Remember what grandma use to say – if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
But you can say something nice and encouraging; you can lift someone’s spirit when they are down on themselves. You can be that spark of joy for the joyless; that bit of hope for the hopeless.
Speak blessings into the lives of others!

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