One night, he decided to steal from the house of a young man who had recently made much profit from his business. The man stayed in a small house outside the city all alone. After finding out that the man would be spending the night over at a relative's house, the thief decided to rob this man's house that night.
The task was relatively simple. There were no guards or anyone else around. Once inside, the young thief was shocked to see the entire house filled with gold coins. He was suddenly filled with greed. He decide to steal them all. He took them out in their bags and placed them outside the house one by one. After one, he would go in to get another one. To his surprise, there was another young man standing outside the house. He told the young thief not to be afraid as he would not report him. Instead, the young man offered to help the young thief carry all the bags of gold coins outside. Reluctantly, the thief agreed to let the young man help him.
Once all the bags were carried out. The thief said, "Dear friend, you have been so kind to help me out tonight. I have never stolen so much in my life. Here, have half of all these bags of gold coins. Accept them as a token of my gratitude."
The young man just smiled and replied, "It's alright, brother. I don't need them. This house belongs to me. And all these gold coins were earned by me from today's business. I am expecting to earn twice more this amount from tomorrow's sales. I am very much assured that you, my brother, must be in some huge financial difficulty, which has forced you to resort to making money like this. If not, surely a young and healthy youth such as yourself will never resort to such a sinful way of life. You may keep all the bags. I don't mind, brother."
The thief was so shocked to hear this he fell to the ground. He then realized how wasted his life has been all these years. He finally repented and began to live a new, clean way of life.
The moral of the story is, one does not have to resort to harsh ways to educate someone. By love and passion, one can achieve this goal, God bless.