Holy Spirit Interactive
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Inside Holy Spirit Interactive

A Complete Examination

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The 7th Commandment:

"You shall not steal." (Ex 20:15)

  1. Have I stolen any material goods? Did I realize my sin but fail to make restitution?
  2. When have I stolen time away from God by my spiritual laziness?
  3. When did I waste time at work, in school or at home?
  4. Am I stingy? For example, have I stolen cookies from my kids, perhaps hiding my favorite "stash" because I donít want to share them?
  5. Have I been stingy in my support of the Church and other worthy causes? Scripture tells us to give God our tithes (ten percent of our income) and offerings. Have I been fearful that if I give away that much, I wonít have enough money to meet my needs and satisfy my desires? This means Iím not truly trusting God, Iím not obeying His Word, and Iím not acknowledging that everything I have comes from Him.
  6. Do I think that everything I own is only for my benefit, and do I assume that God did not give it to me for the good of others?
  7. What have I wasted money on while the Church, my neighbor or the destitute suffered from unmet needs?
  8. Have I stolen pens from work or tax money from the IRS? Have I made personal toll calls from work without paying for them?
  9. Have I borrowed something that I never returned? Or did I return it in damaged condition without offering to fix or replace it?
  10. Am I an employer who pays unjust wages? Am I a business person who forces up prices to take advantage of the buyer?
  11. Have I cheated on or broken a morally just contract or agreement? This includes paying my debts on time and fulfilling obligations.
  12. Have I participated in the theft of someoneís property, or knowingly benefited from it, and have not yet made restitution in proportion to my responsibility and share of what was stolen?
  13. Did I ever gamble excessively, through a lottery or other game, using money that should have been spent on needed items or given away as a charitable donation?

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