Restitution is comprised in the act of repentance and it forms a very important part of it. Restitution is the act of returning, restoring and remaking things back to what they were before the instance that changed things. Restitution is done when biblical injustice has happened to the next person. Restitution is towards man yet towards God as well as He looks over His own to see it they restitute in diligence.
Restitution is biblical
For a long time in my life I have been living with lots of pending restitutions due to some people I live with. I ignored the fact that without doing it I could be rejected for Heaven when I die or when Jesus returns. Later I will give examples of some of the things that I took for granted yet they are truly pending my action as a believer as an act of restitution.
Jesus said that “…if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” – Matthew 5:23 – 24. Making up with your brother could involve arrangements for restitution with your brother as well as confession(s). Never pride in offering to God when your brothers are displeased with you. Jesus’ words enforce the notion that we have to strive for peace with everyone and this goes hand in hand with holiness (Hebrews 12:14).
In the book of 1 Samuel 12:2 – 5, we learn of Samuel preparing to step down from power by opening up for the Israelites to claim whatever they believe he could have taken it from them unjustly. The verses read;
Now you have a king as your leader. As for me, I am old and gray, and my sons are here with you. I have been your leader from my youth until this day. 3 Here I stand. Testify against me in the presence of the Lord and his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Whose donkey have I taken? Whom have I cheated? Whom have I oppressed? From whose hand have I accepted a bribe to make me shut my eyes? If I have done any of these things, I will make it right.”4 “You have not cheated or oppressed us,” they replied. “You have not taken anything from anyone’s hand.” 5 Samuel said to them, “The Lord is witness against you, and also his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” “He is witness,” they said.
The portion enlightens us further that the need for restitution could arise from taking things by force, stealing, cheating, oppressing others, and giving bribes. If you can relate to any of these in your life and realize the need to restitute, delay no further yet I still invite you to read on till the end of this article.
I have examples of pending things that I’m currently working on which the Holy Spirit has opened my eyes to work on. Some of these have already been sorted but I will mention them just as examples for what we often take for granted when it comes to restitution:
- Sometime before the year 2010 I attended a church fundraising dinner on credit. Nobody bothered to follow up on me for payment and I also forget about it. In the year 2017, I went back to the church I used to go to and paid the money. First I engaged with the pastor in confession and then paid the money.
- Dowry for my wife was not paid in full. I’m currently planning to settle the remaining because the payment was in part.
- When I completed my master’s degree at the University of South Africa, one employee at the university helped me with the biding of my thesis. After he submitted on my behalf, he did not follow up for payment. I also forgot. Later on I remembered my debt and made efforts to pay but I could not get hold of him. Sadly, I haven’t paid him even today and all my efforts to get hold of him have failed such that I committed this challenge to the Lord in prayer. I trust God to give me a solution to this outstanding payment.
- My friend had lent me some DVDs some years ago. He had relocated by the time I wanted to give him back his DVDs. I fortunately got hold of his brother and gave the brother to deliver for me to his brother.
- I had promised my son that I will repair one of my computers and give it to him as a gift. I haven’t done that yet but it still is pending in my list.
These are some of my personal baggage just to give you an idea of the many things we often take for granted yet they matter before God. I encourage you to pray to God that He helps reveal restitution things that you may have forgotten while you can do something about it.
Divine revelations on restitution
Abraham Yakubu’s testimony sensitized me on the importance of restitution. I got this message from his sermons on YouTube titled, “The Reality of heaven and Hell – Part 1 to 4”. I encourage you to take time to watch and listen to these videos and if it calls for it, repeat the sermons as many times as you can. I can assure you, it will help you.
Restitution is urgent and postponing it for any later time is very dangerous. It must be done “NOW!” without delay because you may not have “LATER”. Satan will always suggest that you postpone, delay or even defy the call to restitute. The devils aim is to destroy you.
Restitution is a daily prayer item for a believer as each day you may add to your list without noticing it sometimes. Seek Godly counsel where you are not clear of what you have to do. Know that it calls for humility at its highest levels. Be ready for being ridiculed, scorned or even brought to justice but this will do you more good for your soul than risking the dungeon of eternal Hell.