When Jessica Eaves was grocery shopping at a local story in Oklahoma, she was not expecting a stranger to snatch her wallet straight from her bag.
The mother of four and a leader of a Christian outreach team at her church told Huffington Post that she suspected a man standing close behind was responsible for stealing her wallet. But instead of running to police or the store’s security, Eaves remembered a scripture that says, “If someone should take your cloak, you should give them your shirt as well.”
This passage inspired her next action, and she went over to the man and said “I think you have something of mine. I’m gonna give you a choice. You can either give me my wallet and I’ll forgive you right now, and I’ll even take you to the front and pay for your groceries,” or she would call the police.
So, the man reached in his pocket and gave Eave’s money back to her. Eave’s even said, “he started crying as we walked to the front. He kept apologizing and saying that he was embarrassed.”
Eaves says that while the man was very embarrassed, she assured him that she makes mistakes every day and as she believes that in the eyes of Jesus, no one sin is greater than another.
So, she wound up paying almost $28 for the man’s groceries, which was exactly all the cash Eaves had in her wallet. “I never carry cash. When I got to the check-out counter that day his (robber’s) total was just a little over $27 and I had $28 in cash in my wallet. And so I knew in that moment it wasn’t me. It was Christ that played in that moment,” she told Christian Post.
The man’s final words were, “I’m broke, I have kids, I’m embarrassed and I’m sorry,” but Eaves adds he was appreciative and seemed very grateful.
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