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My Entry to Goldencenser Challenge Nº27. Is there forgiveness without restoration?

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Exodus 21:35 New International Version (NIV)
35 “If anyone’s bull injures someone else’s bull and it dies, the two parties are to sell the live one and divide both the money and the dead animal equally.

In the old way, when one's neighbor was harmed, he had to make up for it; this was the spirit of the law, that is, the overall intention from which the proportional punishment was detached according to the crime committed.

I sense in this verse, Dear Daddy, that you bring me this message for the purpose that I may amend my mistakes about it, because when I ask forgiveness for my mistakes, I forget that I must also compensate for the damage caused; it is like repairing my fault and, as far as possible, taking care of the heart of the aggrieved.

I understand that every mistake is sin and that it is your command to ask for and grant forgiveness, but without the restitution of the harm caused forgiveness is incomplete.

Therefore, I have to be wise and understood in the application of this word that allows me to grow spiritually, for even in these times (which we live under the grace of God) the law remains in force in terms of regulating my human conduct and respect for my neighbor.

Is there forgiveness without restoration?


Answers 1

I think there can be forgiveness between two people without the necessity of restoration. Particularly in the case of a genuine accident. However, in the case of a commercial arrangement, which in my opinion is what this verse is referring to, restoration is probably more important than forgiveness anyhow.

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