When a Thief Repays

I heard a true “feel good” story on the news recently.  A would-be thief, armed with a baseball bat, attempted to rob a New York convenience store.  But the owner, Mohammed Sohail, was armed with a rifle.  Rifle trumps baseball bat every time.  The bat man (pun shamelessly intended) tearfully told Sohail that he was trying to feed his family.  The merciful businessman gave him $40, a loaf of bread and made him promise to never steal again.  Okay, that’s all well and good, but it gets better.

Sohail received an unsigned apology note from the man who tried to rob him.  The would-be robber has been staying out of trouble, has a new child, a new job and says Sohail changed his life.  Included with the note was $50.

I immediately thought of Proverbs 6:30-31, “Men do not despise a thief, if he steal to satisfy his soul when he is hungry; But if he be found, he shall restore…”

Neat story, huh?

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5 comments so far

  1. Renae on

    What a great lesson… I think it is interesting that the Bible is applied even if there is no knowledge of it! It is a good reminder to all of us that the way we act can change someone’s life…

  2. Becka on

    Gave me chills. Loved the story!

  3. lonestarpreacher on

    i saw that too. the reporter actually got a bit choked up telling it. great story! btw, enjoying the food blog!

  4. jenmarie on

    Wow, that’s a great story! Thanks.

  5. Pokey on

    God’s Word, proven true once again. Thank you for sharing the story, Jay. I had not seen that news feature.


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