_6:2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour;  6:3 Or have found that which was lost, and lieth concerning it, and sweareth falsely; in any of all these that a man doeth, sinning therein:  6:4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was deleted him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,  6:5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, and give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering._


 _"Luke  19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; 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.  19:9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham."_

Restitution is a sign of genuine repentance. One of the ways that we have committed sin against the Lord is in falsehood. It is common with unbelievers. There are lots of dishonesty in the life of sinners, because they do not know the truth. It is only the truth that can set a man free.

At salvation, something usually happen to the heart of a sinner, which is  the conviction of sin. The truth of God's word brings to limelight things that have been done wrongly and you begin to seek the way to correct them.

In the Old Testament, whenever the children of Israel were to offer trespass offering, they are to restore that which they took violently away or deceitfully gotten. That was a sign of repentance, for their offering to be accepted by God.

Zacchaeus knew the law, he became convicted of sin, the moment Jesus came to his house. Before, Jesus could open his mouth and talk, he began to make a confession and the action that he will take to show that he has genuinely repented. They that saw it, had began to murmur, that Jesus had come to be a guest of a sinner, because they knew this man. But, they were caught by surprise when they heard what he said afterward. He said he will divide his possession and give the half of it to the poor, he had found something that is more highly esteemed than all the riches that he had gotten,  he was ready to restore fourfolds, of the things which he had taken by false accusation. That, was his day of salvation.

 In the new testament, Jesus Christ has invited us to come, just as we are because he had paid all the debt of our sins on the cross. There are restitution, that you may not be able to attempt but the ones that you know that is in your capacity to do, it's better you do it for conscience sake. So that, your conscience can be free from any accusations and guilt. Whatever you know you cannot afford, show a sign of genuine repentance and feel deeply sorry for your sin. If, you can appeal or apologise to the person involved, and inform the person that this is what you have done, which the person is unaware of. I'm sure the Lord will work on the heart of the person to be able to forgive you. There are things that doesn't belong to you, that you have kept and it is the source of the problem in your life, it's better you dispose it back to the owner.

 _"Luke  7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.  7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven._

The extent of our love for  Jesus, is the extent to which we have received His forgiveness. He did a great work on the cross, to ensure that the enemy doesn't have a legal standing against those who have received his forgiveness. He alone can forgive all our sins and trespasses. He alone can grant you eternal salvation, not the restitution that you have done. (Acts 4:12). There are many sins in the past, that you and I couldn't afford to pay for, but glad to know that He had paid it all, the only way that we could respond is to love him much more. Praise God!

#God bless you

I'm forever grateful Lord, for all that you've done for me. I receive grace to take necessary steps to restore whatever that I need to restore and also learn to relied and trust in your mercy always, in Jesus name. Amen!