Proverbs 14:9 Fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation. (New Living Translation )
Are you happy you got away with it?
Isn’t it great to have milestones to test how you are progressing? Glad you think so, here is another one. Are there times when you did something you knew was wrong and you seemingly got away with it. Only foolish people would revel in that experience. But those who love God would want to make it right. What does making it right mean?
Psalm 19:12-13 Without this revelation-light, how would I ever detect the waywardness of my heart? Lord, forgive my hidden flaws whenever you find them. 13 Keep cleansing me, God, and keep me from my secret, selfish sins; may they never rule over me! For only then will I be free from fault and remain innocent of rebellion. (The Passion Translation)
Making it right could take on many forms. The first thing you need to do is repent. Why? Because you did not really get away with it. The devil is fooling you. In the natural, it may appear no one knows. However, in the Spirit, you have sinned and made your heart dirty. The Lord can not look upon sin. Repenting is the only way out of the place. Psalms 51 is an amazing passage when you are in this place. Read through it and allow the Lord to forgive you and fill you with joy. Here are a couple of verses that go right to the issue:
Psalm 51 – 1 Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. 3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. 6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
After spinning the time with the Lord, He will direct you as to your next steps, if any. You may need to give the item back, confess to the person(s) you wronged, return the overpayment, ask the person(s) for forgiveness. Again, no one may know what happened, but God does. Now, there is no condemnation in God. However, we are convicted by the things we do if we allow the Holy Spirit to have His way. So, you go to God because you have sinned against Him and allow Him to make it right in your heart.
Psalm 51 – 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. 12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. 17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
Deal with the spiritual issue and He will help you deal with the natural one.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, I come to You this morning and I thank You for the Holy Spirit. I thank You for making me aware of Your feelings about everything I do. Sometimes I don’t realize an error in judgment or action, and sometimes I do. You have taught me to ask you daily to forgive me of any sin I have committed deliberately or innocently in thought, word, or deed. I ask You that right now. Show me if I need to repent. I know there are times when there is nothing else that I can do beyond repentance, or there maybe nothing else You require. But if there is a way for me to make recompense, show me how no matter the cost or consequence to me. If I can’t make it right in the natural, I am confessing what You have shown me so You can cleanse me and wash me from all iniquity. Thank You for Your word…