Just days ago, this writer was discussing with another the way the elderly are often cheated by people. Two days later, she became witness to the very thing they had been discussing.

An elderly woman and a friend walked into a store in Wellington, Kansas and were greeted by a male employee.

The two ladies went about their business, selected a few groceries then headed to the check out. The first woman checked out with no problem. The second, however, didn’t fare so well.

The older woman handed the cashier, the same man who had earlier greeted them, the money to cover her bill, which was less than eleven dollars.

When the man returned her change, the elderly woman immediately realized the man had shorted her by several dollars.

“Sir,” she asserted in a firm, angry tone, “I gave you two ten-dollar bills.”

The man blushed and was quick to make excuses, yet he made no apology for his mistake. His obvious discomfiture at having been caught cheating this woman gave evidence that he had tried to do so deliberately.

“I was always taught to lay the bills on top of the register,” she told him, still angry. She repeated this again before finally getting a response from the man. Still making no apology, the man sheepishly replied that he had been taught the same thing. His overall demeanor only served to confirm his guilt at having tried to cheat the woman. She was furious at the man’s audacity, and she had good reason to be.

Jesus made it clear that God did not approve of people being cheated.

Scripture reads “…Thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. For all that do such things, and all that do unrighteously, are an abomination unto the Lord thy God.” (Deuteronomy 25:15-16 KJV)

Dishonesty and crime continues to grow by leaps and bounds in these end-times. Morality is at an all-time low.

As believers, we must treat others with honesty and fairness, teaching our children to do the same. As role models, it is important that we display what is right and just in the Lord’s eyes.

Anything else would be deceitful and a lie.

“Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another.” (Leviticus 19:11 KJV)

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