EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING
BY PASTOR PAUL RIKA
(Int. Director Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide)
SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020
James 1: 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Though restitution is a general practice around the world, there is a Christian approach to it – the godly or Biblical approach.
The way the society goes about restitution may not be exactly the way the Bible wants it done. The way the courts of law instruct or compel it may not be the way the Bible directs that you do it.
As a matter of fact, Christian Restitution may go beyond the demands of the court. For example, if you embezzled Government money and you are taken to the court of law and convicted, but you claim you do not have the money to pay back, the court may sentence you to jail.
When you get out of prison, you may go back and get the money from wherever you hid it and continue to enjoy yourself without further harassment on the same matter.
But in Christian restitution, you must restore that money notwithstanding that you have already been jailed for it. When you get out of prison, you must go back and confess that you lied.
Did you build houses with the money? Is the money hidden in your bank account? Christian restitution demands that after you have finished your jail term, you must go and sell those houses, go and empty your bank account and restore the embezzled money. That is Christian restitution.
You are dealing with the God of societies, the God of your soul and the God of holiness and righteousness who desires that you should be perfect in your life. From today's reading text you can see that God who brought human beings to stay together knows the sensitivity of the hearts of men.
God knows the sensitivity of the hearts of your brethren, and the hearts of your neighbours. You don't just step on them and go your own way. Some people just stepped on somebody and moved on as if nothing happened. God does not like that. You cannot step on your neighbour and go on as if nothing is at stake; God will not take that from you.
He wants diligence and carefulness in living and in relationship with others. He wants you to know that you are dealing with a soul that can be damaged, a soul that can be lost, a soul that can be hurt eternally. The Lord says you should be careful how you relate with others.
Thought for the day:
Be conscious of how you relate with men that you don't create offences.
Song for the day:
I am a blessed child; I am a blessed child…
Bible reading for the day:
2 Kings 15-17; John 6:1-21
PASTOR PAUL RIKA