5 The Lord said to Moses, 6 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty 7 and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.’ ” (Numbers 5:5-7)
Have you ever really wronged someone? Maybe you actually took something from them and claimed it as your own. Perhaps it was a physical possession. Possibly it was a word spoken which maligned their character and hurt their reputation. To wrong someone for any reason is unacceptable behavior for one of God’s children. Remember, just because you are traveling in the same fellowship as the King of Kings, doesn’t mean you are insulated from damaging one of His children.
When you are guilty, confess it. Before you can make things right with others, you have to first admit, “I blew it. I’m the one responsible. I did wrong.” Although we might know that within, because the Holy Spirit brought conviction of sin to our hearts, confessing it is another thing altogether. However, it is important for us to verbalize our wrong behavior to the one we hurt. If you ever want to be fresh and clean, especially in your conscience, “Admit it!”
Once you admit it, take steps to make things right. It might involve money, or it might be taking back a statement you said to another person. Whatever you have done to harm another, fix it. Don’t wait another moment. Don’t waste another night’s sleep. Get right and do it today.
God wants His children to leave with open hands and hearts, with no balances left unpaid. If you refuse to think about it or deal with it, your heart will become desensitized to the things of the Kingdom. All of the Bible reading, service and prayer will not cover it up or make the issue go away. Wait no longer!