#926 – Compensation

Good morning people who move on

Luke 6:27- 31 But I tell you who hear Me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

Yesterday I talked about not retaliating when people have mistreated us.

Another important truth in this passage is for us not to focus on compensation or restitution when wrong has been done.

Now I must explain something here very clearly.

The Bible is clear to us as Christ-followers that if we have done wrong we must make restitution and compensation to those we’ve hurt. (Look at the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10). It is a godly response for us to pay back what we have done wrong.

But as ones who have been mistreated, it is not God’s intention that we put all of our effort and focus into receiving back what has been taken from us. Would it be nice if people took responsibility and compensated us? Yes. But if that is our focus, we will not be able to move forward in life until it happens.

I believe this instruction is another one given to keep us free.

Today you might need to ask God to help you let it go so that you can move on. It does not mean they will go unpunished but it does mean you can be free.