28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.

Have you ever tried to just go cold turkey with a behavior in your life? It’s hard. It takes a lot of will power to continue to say no. This is especially true if you do not replace that behavior with something positive and healthy. Paul just got finished saying do not sin in your anger and here he goes on to say don’t steal any more. Notice that in both cases, he doesn’t leave us just with don’t do it. He gives us a plan.

God isn’t into to saying, “No, you can’t have that!” After all, He tells us, “Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.” Ps. 37:4. But there are healthy and unhealthy ways of obtaining our desires. So, Paul encourages us to take our areas of struggle and weakness and turn them around into a blessing for others. Replace sin with blessing. Replace taking with giving. Replace what’s wrong with what’s right.

Isn’t that what God does with us? He takes the unlovable and makes us lovable, the unworthy and makes us worthy. the broken and makes us whole. We are to do the same by His strength. Is there an area of your life that you would like to change? What is one way that you can turn this into a blessing for others?