Saturday, February 9, 2008

Do You Need To Make Restitution?

Luke 19:8 "And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold."

Restitution is making right a wrong that has been committed. If we want to see revival in our lives and in our churches then we need to make right some wrongs that we have committed.

When a criminal is convicted and sentenced for the wrong he has committed the judge will order him to pay or make restitution. It is designed to teach that criminal responsibility for his or her actions. God expects the same of us when we do someone else wrong. He expects us to go back and make it right what we've done to hurt someone else either in word or in deed. Go and read Exodus chapter 22. You will find in that chapter that God speaks of restitution.

When we do wrong to someone who should feel bad about it...God will make us feel uncomfortable about doing it. But once we go back and make it right...God will give us that peace that passes all understanding. I have experienced this in my own life.

Is your conscience bothering you about something you've done? It might be you went shopping and something didn't get rung up for. If you didn't pay for it...you stole it. When this happens you should go back to the store and pay for it. The store or the cashier may not know you stole it...but God knows. What a testimony you would be showing for Christ when you go back and make that right.

Maybe you have anger in your heart toward someone. God make it right. They may not be aware you are angry with them...but again...God knows.

It is not worth living without God's peace because we need to pay restitution to someone. Go make it right and experience His peace in your life for doing the right thing.

5 comments:

Mimi said...

Sis Julie,
thank you for this reminder to search ourselves to see if we have something in our lives that we need to make right...
I am searching in my life right now to see if perhaps I have angered someone that I need to apologize for...
thanks for the post.
Mimi

Bro Tim said...

Mrs Julie,

I hope you are feeling better. This is a great thought for the day you are right for us to have revival we have to make those wrongs right. Good Post!!

Bro Tim

Sis. Julie said...

sis. mimi....I too was searching my heart while I was studying this post out and again as I was typing it up. I pray it is a challenge to each one that reads it to do the same thing.

Sis. Julie said...

bro. tim..I am feeling better for now. I've been busy the past couple of days catching up on some things since I know I won't be feeling well very soon again.

Christopher Cline said...

Sis Julie,
Thanks for trying to visit my site.
They were having some trouble with the server but I think they got it fixed now.

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Lord Bless...

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