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Letter to Return a Stolen Item, Apology when returning stolen property

Letter to Return a Stolen Item, Apology when returning stolen property

Whenever I would make bad decisions in life, I would justify my intentions. If I took something that didn't belong to me, I might think to myself, “they don't need it as much as I do”, or “my employer doesn't give me what I'm worth so I'll take something to make up the difference”. Whatever my reasoning was, it was ultimately just an excuse to convince myself that whatever I had done was justified.

Since I have become a Christian, I have come to understand that when we sin, we do so against God himself. Whether it is stealing something, lying or being angry with someone.


The Bible says: Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart.

And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. 1John 3:15

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelation 21:8

It's difficult to explain the changes that have come since the day that I gave my life to Jesus Christ, needless to say, I don't want to have anything that I didn't earn myself so I am returning this item that I have taken. I've also included some information which better explains the understanding that has come into my life now that Jesus Christ is my Lord. You can also visit which helped me understand why I wasn't justified in my actions and that only Jesus can justify.

Please accept my sincere apology, and I pray that you would also seek the truth and find everlasting life with Jesus Christ.

*Remember to give a good gospel tract with the letter because it's not just about returning the stolen item, it's about giving them the good news of the Lord Jesus Christ.


As a new believer in Jesus Christ, your whole aim in life should now be to glorify Jesus and make him known to others. With that being said, we will need to take stock of things that need to be corrected. Spend some meaningful time in prayer with The Lord and ask him if there is anything that needs to be corrected.

Maybe you need to update your resume so that any exaggerations or outright lies are removed. Do you have any unpaid bills that need to be taken care of? Are you the cause of problems in any personal relationship? 

If you're like every other Christian, there are things that you've done that you wish could be forgotten. What's good is that they may not be forgotten (yes, it is good). Because, for the most part, these things can be corrected. It's a wonderful experience to be able to humbly go and make right the wrongs and demonstrate the life changing event that has taken place within you. You will appreciate all the more what Jesus Christ has done for you when he paid for you with his life's blood.

As you spend that time in prayer, make a list of what he brings to your attention that needs to be corrected. As you go about correcting them, you may want to make notes of how it went, how the Holy Spirit is teaching you, etc. You'll be able to look at these notes in the future and rejoice at how the Lord has matured you in the faith.

Oftentimes, The Holy Spirit will draw our attention to something that was taken which didn't rightfully belong to us. If that's the case, you can simply bring the item back and explain why you are doing so. (Remember, It's not because you're trying to earn favour with God, it's because of what He's already done for you.) 

Sometimes when we return items, we may not have the opportunity to go into detail about what Jesus has done in our life. Below is an example of a letter which you can use to give them in combination with a good gospel tract. This is something they aren't likely to forget. They can return to it again and again. It will be a testimony to the power of Jesus Christ and the new birth of a believer.

My prayer is that you will continue to grow through obedience to our Mighty Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Letter to Return a Stolen Item, Apology when returning stolen property