"Character is what you do in the dark"
Mom and Dad often spoke about being honest. Good words but their actions spoke louder.
I thought I was doing Mom a favor by giving her a gift
card to Walmart. But I didn't explain that you had to spend a certain amount. She starts to check out and the clerk tells her that her total must be at least $15. Everything was sacked but it didn''t total that much. You would have thought they told her that her check bounced. She was so embarrassed and just said never-mind and walked out. When she got home she realized they had given her the gum and she had put it in her purse.
So what does she do?--
1. Reason that somewhere down the line they probably overcharged her
2. Next time I am in there....
3. I will give a $1 to the church....
No, when my hard working Dad came in tired, she made him drive the 10 miles back to Walmart. They walked around the store with him having the gum in his pocket. She asked one time "Have you done it yet". "Not yet" he replied. Finally he slipped the gum back on the shelf and they left.
Can you imagine the security cameras catching someone un-stealing?
Matthew 6:1 "Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men to be seen by them, if you do will have no reward from your Father in Heaven."