Restitution is one of the cardinal principles of the Bible, call it doctrine. “Restitution is making amends for wrongs done against our fellow men, restoring stolen things to the rightful owners, paying debts, giving back where one has defrauded, making confessions to the offended and apologizing to those slandered so as to have a conscience void of offence towards God and man. Genesis 20:1-8; 14-18; Exodus 22:1-7; Leviticus 6:1-17; Numbers 5:6-8; 2 Samuel 12:1-6; Proverbs 6:31; Ezekiel 33:14-16; Mathew 23:24; Luke 19:8,9; Acts 23:1-5; 24:16; James 4:17; 5:6.”
The Purpose of restitution is to clear our conscience from condemnation, so as to receive justification from God. There are people in the bible that made restitution:
Herod return Abraham’s wife with apology
David apologized for cutting King Saul Rob
Zacheous return three-fold of what he wrongly collected.
Paul apologized for insulting the high priest.
The above shows that restitution is important and shows maturity in the Christianity we profess. But it’s a pain in the heart when I read online the number of people who return their WAEC certificate in the process of restitution, and how we the same Christian who should be happy and applaud them for a bravery action went about insulting them.
The same happen to Juliana Olayode (aka Toyo Baby), who came out to make amendment of her wrong, she went as far as publishing a 150 page book just to make peace with God and please him, yet we that we label ourselves children of God will be among the people who condemned her, this is unjust. We should be happy to see Christian who publicly raised the banner of true Christianity, as for me I congratulate her for that action … and am happy for her.
David said through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Ps 32)
…Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
We cannot justify ourselves, God is the only one that can justify us. After genuine repentance, it is expected of us to make any amendment of any wrong done this will clear our mind from any condemnation whether from self or satan, also this will show that we are genuine children of God.
Restitution will not hurt you, rather it create prestigious reflection of you to the world. In all the case I did restitution, to Muslim or Christian, none of them had ever condemned me. If you did yours God will be happy with you.
It is better to pleased God always …. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile…