Jessica Eaves was shopping in Guthrie, Okla., earlier this month when her wallet was pinched. She spotted the man she suspected of taking it in a nearby aisle and wondered what to do next.
"As I saw him, a scripture came to me from Luke, which basically says 'If someone should take your cloak, you should give them your shirt as well,'' she told The Huffington Post,
The passage inspired her next actions, as she approached the man and calmly 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, according to Yahoo! Shine.
"He reached in his pocket and gave it back to me," she told HuffPost, adding that "he started crying as we walked to the front. He kept apologizing and saying that he was embarrassed."
Eaves, a mother of four and leader of the Christian outreach team at the First Christian Church in Guthrie, responded that she makes mistakes every day and has just as much to be embarrassed about, as she believes that in the eyes of Jesus, no one sin is greater than another.
She paid $27 for his groceries, which was almost all the money that she had in her purse.
"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.