Confession and restitution

April 17, 2010

Take a moment and pray that the Lord will speak to you in this time of study.

Read Numbers 5:5-7; Luke 19:1-10

We have seen that confession comes with an attitude of humility and a change of heart and the way we conduct ourselves, the way we live. But often we may not consider that restitution could be an important part of our confession as well.

In our reading today, Zaccheus goes well beyond the Mosaic Law (Numbers 5:5-7) and offers to give half of what he has to the poor and give back four times what he has stolen (Luke 19:8).

Restitution involves righting the wrong to the extent possible. Sometimes it may simply involve an apology to the person wronged. Sometimes it may involve going to several people to “set the record straight,” and a confession on our part in what has happened. It certainly can involve treating people in a different manner. It may even involve, as with Zaccheus, a monetary restitution or replacement of a lost item.

Restitution can be the outward manifestation of a penitent heart. It is the working out of justice in the affairs and relations between parties. It is an affirmation of the justice of God in the lives of His people.

Best of all, restitution can bring reconciliation between people. It can relieve the burdens that often plague the minds and souls of people. It can restore reputations and build character. It can actually bring about change in the lives of people. In the end, a person can know that they have done what is right in the eyes of God. It may be you who can find restoration in the acts of restitution.

As you pray today and bring your confessions before the Lord, what might He want you to do in the way of restitution that you might be fully restored?

Pastor Neil

Devotional studies this week are based on the sermon “So, What About Sin?” (Where the Wild Things Are – Part 2, by Pastor Nate Atwood. If you would like to hear the sermon in its entirety, go to KPC.ORG/WATCH & LISTEN.

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