Attitude Towards the Things of Others

To read the Bible in a year, read Second Kings 6-8.
The place where Elisha and the sons of the prophets (believed to be students, men in training to be prophets), lived became too small and they requested of Elisha that they go construct a new place and he gave the go ahead (2Kings 6:1, 2). They thought highly of Elisha and wanted him to go with them and he agreed to go (vv. 3, 4). However, as they were cutting down trees, one of them lost the axe head, “But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, ‘Alas, master! For it was borrowed'” (v. 5). Many people would not have worried about it, saying that it was not theirs. If someone else’s stuff is damaged while they are borrowing it, they are not bothered. However, this son of the prophets had a different and righteous attitude. He knew that he was responsible for taking care of someone else’s property and he wanted to recover that axe head.
What is your attitude toward other people’s possessions? Do you take care of them, even trying to return it in better condition than you received it?

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