Re: Daily Devotional; formerly Chaplains Corner
And both the USA and England have done well in the physical wars.
Not so much in the spiritual, it seems -
I read about some of the humorous letters which some people mail to the IRS. One, accompanied by a money order with no senders name on it said:
“I have been unable to sleep since I cheated on my taxes last year. Enclosed is a money order for $500.00. If I still can’t sleep, I’ll send the rest.”
That is a funny story, but the subject it addresses is a very serious one. When Christ enters our hearts, he places in us the NEED to make restitution for the wrongs we have done.
Here is another story, this one told by S. W. Murray, which addresses this even more directly:
In the course of his preaching, W. P. Nicholson insisted on the need for restitution where something had to be put right with another person. After one mission held in East Belfast early in 1923, many tools and pieces of equipment which had been taken earlier were returned to the shipyard, and in such quantities that additional storage had to be provided to hold them all. A letter to the evangelist from the management of another firm spoke of the receipt of tools received from one of their own men who signed himself "Ex-worker," and thanked him for his influence in the case.
Exodus 22:3,5,6,12 (KJV); If the sun be risen upon him, there shall be blood shed for him; for he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man’s field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution. If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed therewith; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution. And if it be stolen from him, he shall make restitution unto the owner thereof.
When we become a Christian, when we accept Christ as the Lord of our lives, we have not reached the END of our journey, but we have only reached the BEGINNING of it. Christ will lead us in new directions, bring us to greater perfection, and make improvements in us which we ourselves could never make on our own.
May God bless each one of us with the desire and ability to make restitution for all of our wrongs -
Christ told me to arm myself. If you want me disarmed - - Molon Labe.