OPEN HEAVEN 22 JANUARY 2021 MEMORIZE: 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. Luke 19:8
Restitution means making right something you have done wrong.
If you have stolen something, you should return it now that you are saved.
Restitution is proof that you feel sorry for sins committed in the past and wish that you had not committed them in the first place.
I recall sometime ago when I was still a school teacher.
I needed an extra mattress for a visitor so I took one from the school’s dormitory.
After the visitor left, I retained it and also took it along when I was leaving the school.
About seven years later, I gave my life to Christ and my conscience began to prick me. I decided to restitute.
Since I had been using it for seven years, I knew it wouldn’t be right to just return it, so I paid back double the value of the mattress to the school.
Nobody told me to do that, I did it because I realised that what I did was wrong and I wanted to put things right.
You should however seek Christian counselling if you are not sure of how to go about restitution.
Don’t mind any Pastor who tells you that there is no need for restitution.
If you are genuinely born again, the Holy Spirit will not allow you rest until you have returned whatever it is you took wrongfully.
Now, if you are trying to restitute for what happened a very long time ago, you must be just.
For example, if you stole #17 when it had huge value, it would be wrong to return #17 today.
Find out the equivalent of that amount in today’s market, or how much interest it would have accrued now if the owner had put it in the bank, then return the sum.https://107da4797e0267f144b10c6eb15c5bc5.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html
Restitution is not a religious act; it is borne out of regret for the past and a willingness to correct it.
If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. – (Exodus 22:7)
When someone puts something in your care and it goes missing, you should restitute, unless the owner says otherwise.
If you borrow someone’s car and it got damaged in your custody, it is your responsibility to repair it.
If you cannot afford the repair at that time, don’t act as if nothing happened; report the matter to the owner of the car, apologise and humbly ask him to help you repair it, promising to repay once you can afford it.
If the owner says you should not bother, then you are free.
Like Zacchaeus in today’s memory verse, we must understand and abide by the principle of restitution.
OPEN HEAVEN 22 JANUARY 2021 KEY POINT
Is there anything the Holy Spirit keeps reminding you to restitute? Go ahead and do it immediately!
OPEN HEAVEN 22 JANUARY 2021 HYMN
I NEED THEE EVERY HOUR
1. I need Thee every hour,
Most gracious Lord;
No tender voice like Thine
Can peace afford.
I need Thee, Oh, I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee!
Oh, bless me now, my Saviour,
I come to Thee.
2. I need Thee every hour,
Stay Thou near by;
Temptations lose their power
When Thou art nigh.
3. I need Thee every hour,
In joy or pain;
Come quickly, and abide
Or life is vain.
4. I need Thee every hour,
Teach me Thy will;
And Thy rich promises
In me fulfill.