Repentance & Recompense

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Recompense is essential and ordered of the Lord. Recompense means: to repay. Another word given for it is: restitution.

There are 51 references (give or take depending on translation) of the word recompense in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God says we are to pay back four fold, and in other places it says, seven fold.

Colonel Sanders (we know him as the Kentucky Fried Chicken Mogul) was repenting and turning his life back to the Lord, and as a result, paid some Christian organization all the back payments of tithes and offerings he had missed through the years. That is recompense!

Have you accidentally done someone wrong? It is good and necessary to say I’m sorry, but what have you done “to make up for it”?

We don’t have a mentality these days to “make up” for our wrongs. We need the attitude of recompense if just simply to glorify God. And isn’t that what we are all about?

So, if we judge ourselves according to the Word, we can quickly come into right standing through repentance and recompense.

“Then they will confess their sin which they have done: and he shall recompense his trespass with the principle thereof, and add unto it a fifth part, and give it to him whom he has trespassed against.” Numbers 5:7

What are some examples of recompense? (Showing you are sorry)

1. When a restaurant gives you poor service, they may give you a free desert, or not charge you for something you had, to make up for their mistake.

2. If you break something, you just don’t say, “I’m sorry”. That’s just words. You replace the broken item.

3. If you lost someone’s book you borrowed, you buy them a new one.

Going the extra mile, would you add a bookmark to that book you replaced? How would that make the offended feel? God’s Word says in Proverbs that “A gift in secret pacifies anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.” Chptr 21:14

Gifts are not meant to be manipulative. Then it isn’t a gift. A gift is pure when there is no intentional gain from you by giving it. A gift is a means to bless the other and only them. But ultimately, there is always a gain back to you, for you reap what you sow. But it is a blessing unto you from God.

Paul gives an exonerating example of recompense in the book of Philemon. Verse 19 he says, (sending someone on before him, he says of him), “So, if you consider me your partner, give him the same welcome you would give me if I were coming. If he has harmed you in any way or stolen anything from you, charge me for it. I Paul, write this in my own handwriting: “I will repay it.””

So, recompensing someone is an act of your repentance.

When you repent before the Almighty God, you turn your face from the act of evil you have committed, and set your face to do the right action.

That is the key to your ongoing victory over that temptation should it come again. Doing the right thing by setting your heart and mind on that, with a PLAN to do right.

Jeremiah 51:56b says, “For the LORD God of recompenses shall surely requite”. Requite means, to make payment for, avenge, & to repay in kind.

Our God is the LORD God of recompenses! You don’t hear that Name of God very often spoken by others.

So, we need to take forgiveness/recompense seriously. We need to take our mishandling (or mistakes) seriously as a blessing to the one we offended. This is pleasing to the Lord of recompenses.

God’s Word is always leading us to unity and healing, which always glorifies Him. Glorifying Him is our ultimate goal in all we do.

Think about it… you have been wronged a number of times, but had that person recompensed in their forgiveness to you with all their heart (forgiveness being shown through their actions, hence, recompense) you would have been healed and restored.

Colossians 3:23 (vs. 17 good also) “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as unto the Lord, not as unto man.”

And finally, Romans 11:33-36 “O the depths and the riches both of the knowledge and wisdom of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways of finding out! For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Or who has first given to Him and it shall be recompensed unto Him again? For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things: to Whom be glory forever. Amen.”

As we hold onto God’s perfect principal of repentance and recompense, it will not only change you from glory to glory, but it will also encourage the other person ~ from glory to glory!!

Let’s pray:

“Father, I want to grasp the heart of You and cleave to recompense. Show me the way Lord. Forgive me of my sins and lead me in the way I should go. Bless those who have wronged me, and those whom I have wronged, help me be a blessing to them through the things You show me to do. In Jesus’ name, amen.”