In II Kings, Chapters 3-5, we have the account about the prophet Elisha and his servant called Gehazi. Gehazi gives the appearance of a really good person. I think he really was.
First off, we note that for whatever reason Elisha chose him and gave him a job. Elisha was not only a prophet of God but also the head of a school, the "School of the Prophets."
The faithful prophet had a regular way for going to the school which was located at Gilgal. He often made the trip. Once he was going back to the school and a family of an old man and his wife wanted to help him in his travels and they built him a small room on their house and furnished it with a bed, a candle, and small table so he could stay and rest on his travels. Gehazi, his servant, would stay with him.
Some time later Elisha wanted to thank them for all they had done for him. He asked Gehazi to help him think of a way to do this. It was Gehazi who suggested Elisha perform a miracle and give her a male child. Elisha liked the suggestion and called the older woman to come and he would bless her with a child before the next year passed.
Her man and herself were in the time of old age and the son would be a help to them in their old age. The miracle was because both of them were old and past childbearing. What I am emphasizing is that Gehazi was that good of a man who wanted to help anyone. The little boy died and the mother sent for the prophet. Elisha did not go but he sent his servant with his staff to resurrect the older boy when he died. He must have been a trusted man for Elisha to send and do it for him.
Some time right after this a Syrian military officer came down with the normally incurable disease of leprosy. You may remember what the Lord told him to do. God told him to go down to the Jordan River and dip seven times and he would be healed.
Gehazi was with him when he gave the order. He griped about what Elisha told him and refused to go and obey. He thought the muddy Jordan River was so foolish. The Abana and Pharpar rivers in Syria were crystal clear and why not use them?
Because he refused he was not going to be healed. Some of his own men and possibly Gehazi finally convinced him to obey. He obeyed and he was immediately healed. After all of this Naaman wanted to reward the prophet. He was a prophet of God and did not take money for the divine work. He flatly refused to take any money or any gift.
Gehazi stood by hearing the proposition and Elisha's refusal. It would have been wrong. Surely Gehazi knew it. The good servant usually did right but this time temptation overwhelmed him. As Naaman rode off Gehazi got an animal and followed and caught up to them. He took the gift unknown to Elisha. He should not have done this. When her returned it was supposed to be unknown. Elisha asked where he had been and he lied to the prophet and was caught in his disobedience.
Because of this, the Lord put the leprosy upon Gehazi himself.
The Bible says that this is what brought his death finally but immediately he lost his position with Elisha. He was a good man who got too caught in temptation of the flesh.
I used this story to show us that all men are sinners and need a Saviour. How often a person will justify his wrong doing and ignore his guilt as if he has no wrong. Such a person will be found out and all men, no matter how good they are, has sins and is in need of a Saviour. God sent his Son into the world to give his life for our sins and the sins of mankind. No one is so good but what he needs a Saviour.