Monday, March 18

Exodus 22:1-3; Numbers 5:5-7

“He must make full restitution for his wrong, add one fifth to it and give it all to the person he has wronged.” Numbers 5:7, NIV

A woman accused her shop attendant of stealing. She claimed she kept a sum of money in a particular shelf in the shop and couldn’t find it afterwards. She concluded it was the attendant who stole it. She invited passersby who shouted on the girl, beat her and tore her clothes. Later, that day (as she confessed to a friend), she found the money in another place in the shop. She asked, “How can I face her to tell her I was wrong?”

Fairness, equity and restitution are three principles found in today’s text. One of the instructions God gave Moses for the Israelites is that anyone who wronged another must confess what he has done and make full restitution to the person. Apologising is not enough; the person must pay the injured party some money commensurate with the loss incurred. God considers sin against another person as sin against Him. Though we are not under the law, these principles are still relevant to us today. Whenever we hurt people, we should be willing and quick to apologise, then make things right. As a body of Christ, we can’t be united to fight the devil and win victory if we refuse to settle offences and restore those who are hurting. To have peace in the Spirit, we must always seek to be right with God and others.

• Birthday Blessing: “The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their land…” Isaiah 14:1

RBT Passage: Judges 14-16

“True spirituality is not evidenced in how much we know but in how quick we are in mending broken fences.” –Anonymous

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