Leviticus 6:5b (NKJV)
He shall restore its full value, add one-fifth more to it, and give it to whomever it belongs, on the day of his trespass offering.
Whenever my actions or thoughts do not accurately reflect who God is, I betray the purpose for which I was created. This is the definition of sin but God is merciful to me. God paid the price of my betrayals with the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. By putting all my hope and trust in Jesus, His sacrifice is “imputed”to me and I am made right before God. But God is not only merciful, He is also just. While my sins may not be counted against me, this verse tells me that God expects me to make things right when I come to Him for forgiveness. If I am guilty of stealing a person’s car, I can ask for forgiveness–but I can’t keep driving the stolen car. I’ve got to give the car back and make things right. It is so important in our Christian walk to never take our forgiveness for granted. We need to make things right wherever possible and the principle is that we should“add on-fifth more to it”. If I have wronged someone I need to go beyond just saying “I’m sorry” and see to it that the person who I wronged feels fully repaid.This keeps grievances, unforgiveness, bitterness and other unhealthy infections from spreading in our relationships.