When a man gets right with the Lord, he should likewise look for opportunities to make things right with his fellow man. If he stole, he should look for an opportunity to restore that which he stole. If he lied, he should go back and tell the truth. If he hurt someone, he should apologize for any harm he caused. This should be the natural overflow of a man’s heart when he realizes he has done wrong. Perhaps the greatest example of this truth occurred in the life of Zacchaeus. When he met the Lord, he declared, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold” (Luke 19:8).
(For children): Samuel challenged the people to examine his life and if he had done anything wrong to them, he offered to make things right (1 Samuel 12:2-5). We should be like Samuel. Consider these other examples (2 Samuel 12:1-6; Nehemiah 5:7-12; Proverbs 6:30-31).
(For everyone): Have you stolen? Have you lied? Have you hurt someone wrongfully? What should you do in an effort to make things right? Are you willing to do what needs to be done?
Failure to make things right could hinder your walk and effectiveness for Christ. Are you willing to let your pride keep you from doing what is right?
- Ask God to show you opportunities to make things right.
- Ask the Lord to keep your pride from hindering you.
I AM RESOLVED