EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
DATE: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020
TEXT: LUKE 19:1-10
KEY VERSE: Luke 19:9 - And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham
Although our sins are forgiven when we repent and confess them to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, God still wants us to do necessary restitution because in most instances, we sinned not only against God but also against fellow human beings.
What then is restitution? It involves correcting some of the wrongs we did when we were sinners to make peace with fellow men. Suppose you had hurt someone in the past by your wrong actions, this was a practical evil you did which will still be standing against you because you have not apologized to the person you wronged and the person is still not happy with you.
Maybe you quarreled with your neighbor and in the process you abused him or did something terrible to him and since then you have not been on talking terms. Now that you have become born again, to maintain peace with all men, restitution is required of you. You cannot continue coming across this neighbor without exchanging greetings. If you keep greeting and he is not responding, you must be concerned and make effort towards reconciliation, because you are now a new creature.
Go back to your neighbor and seek forgiveness for what you did afore time in your ignorance so that there can be peace between you and him. If you are not on speaking terms with your husband or wife do not keep quiet about it. If you keep quiet, it means you are not practicing true Christianity. If you keep quiet, it means you have not valued this holy God and His love for peace among men. Go and make peace where you have offended. You may not be sinning again, but there is a problem to settle so that the peace of righteousness can really fill your life.
Restitution is one of the essential steps a born-again Christian must take to prove his genuine conversion. Zacchaeus stood and said unto the Lord, “The half of my goods I give to the poor, if I have taken anything by false accusation I return fourfold.” The Lord said, “Now is salvation come into this house.” Earlier when Zacchaeus climbed down from the tree and met Jesus, he received Jesus gladly. They went to his house and you could say Oh, he had received Christ, but it was not until he promised to do his restitution that Jesus said, “Salvation is come to this house.”
Thought for the day: There are some restitutions you need to do to make your salvation complete.
Song for the day: Brother Zacchaeus come down (3x), from the Sycamore tree...
Bible reading for the day: Isaiah 24-26; Ephesians 4
PASTOR PAUL RIKA