A lady in the north of England said that every time she got down before God to pray, 5 bottles of wine came up before her mind. She has taken them wrongfully once when she was a housekeeper & had not been able to pray since then.
She was advised to make restitution.
"But the person is dead," she said.
"Are not some of the heirs living?"
"Yes, a son."
"Then go to that son & pay him back."
"Well," she said, I cannot think of doing a thing like that. My reputation is at stake."
She went away & came back the next day to ask if it would do by putting that money in the treasury of the Church. "No," she was told, "God doesn't accept any stolen money. Restitution is the only way out."
She carried that burden for several days, but finally went into the country, saw that son, made a full confession & offered him a 5-pound note. He said he didn't want the money, but she finally persuaded him to take it & came back with a joy & peace that made her face radiant. She became a magnificent worker for souls & led many into the light.(Sermon illustration)
Exo 22:12 says: "But if it is stolen from him, he shall make restitution to its owner." (See Mt 3:8 & Lk 19:8).