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Key Element for Thriving Relationships-Making Amends

November 8th, 2022

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Key Element for Thriving Relationships is making amends for past transgressions.

We cannot undo the past, but there are times that we can go back to someone we have wronged and make it right with confession and restitution.

This is especially true if we have stolen anything or cheated anybody out of money. That is what Zacchaeus offered to do after his encounter with Jesus.

He said to Jesus in Luke 19:8, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” His heart was moved by Jesus to return what he had stolen plus more. The idol of money was removed as the heart of Zacchaeus was moved from greed to generosity.

Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Making Amends is a key element for thriving relationships that honor God.

John Shirk


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