Amending “Ancient” Sins

 

Hello,

42 years ago, I , along with my husband (now ex) committed insurance fraud.  I was 22 years old and found out that I was pregnant.  We had no health insurance and no money for the costs of having a baby.  I panicked and came up with the idea of getting rid of our car in a deep lake in order to get money.  The car was worth $1700.  We did this and reported the car as stolen.  The insurance company sent a check for $1700.

I became  a Christian a year after this  episode.  It has bothered me off and on over the years and I confided in some people about restitution, but they said because my sins were forgiven I did not need to pay back the money.  Lately, I have really been seeking the Lord, and this matter has again come up in my mind and heart.  How does one make restitution when something has happened so many years ago, and will I have to go to jail.  I don’t have the money and am on a fixed income.  I want to do the right thing.  Can you advise me what course to take?

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Make Amends without Causing additional Pain

 

DEAR LARRY:

I am seeking your advice on how to restitute wrongful relationships. Many years ago I dated a number of married men.  Sometime later, on a friend’s advice, I sought out the wife of one of them, confessed and apologized to her.  But the husband (my ex-partner) called me in a great fury afterwards to scold me about the immaturity of what I did. That has made me very reluctant to do such for the other cases.  But those other cases have been bothering me because I want to get right with God.  How do I restitute the other cases?

Thanks. Debbie

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Honoring God with Restitution

 

DEAR LARRY:

Hi Larry,
I am 17 year old male going through so much and wondering if I need restitution. When I was younger I did a lot of sexual touching and other actions many times with my younger female cousin. I know I’ve hurt her & I also hurt myself.  I have confessed my sin to God, asking him for forgiveness.  But I hear two voices in my head.  One is telling me tell my whole family what I did and then I will have a clean conscious.  The other one is telling me that God already forgave me and it’s past, forgotten, erased and washed away. I don’t know which one I should trust or if I need to make restitution. It’s driving me crazy with these feelings of guilt.  I don’t know exactly what God wants me to do.

Also when I was a lot smaller God brought it up to me when I made my brother touch or kiss a body part that shouldn’t be touched.  I really need guidance and help please. What should I do?  Should I just let it all go or try to make restitution?

I’m also wrestling with homosexuality and I feel these two sins right here are keeping me from being free.
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Does God condone torture?

 

Dear LarryDEAR LARRY:

I have spoken to many Christians (some of them pastors) and they have told me that torturing enemy prisoners is morally acceptable on the grounds that it saves innocent lives. I find this difficult to accept at face value.  What does the Bible say about the subject of torture?  Does God condone torture?  If so, under what circumstances?  Thank you for your time in responding.

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Clothed in Righteousness, Not Sin

bigstock-Online-Shopping-3850375DEAR LARRY:

How can I make restitution? I have committed so many sins in the past, by stealing.  Before I knew Christ I used to order online with fake names and addresses to buy clothes, and many things from different online shops.  And now I don’t know how to make restitution.  (I have used the clothes.)

 

Sandy

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Restitution – Making Amends God’s Way

DEAR LARRY:

I have heard many messages on restitution and need some counsel on what to do.  When I was small I used to steal my parents’ money and use it to buy things in school.  Sometimes my Mum caught me and punished me.  I also used to steal money from my Dad’s shop where the sales person kept it.  When I was about 16 years old I stopped it.  At 18 years, I became born again.  I have told my Mum that I’m sorry for what I did.  I really do not know the amount of money I have stolen from my Dad’s shop.  How do I make restitution in this case?  Do I need to go to my Dad’s employer?  What will you want me to do?

Favour

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