The Power of Honesty

When the sons of Jacob returned home from Egypt they found a bonus in their sacks of grain. The money they had spent had been returned. Genesis 42 reveals this was part of the manipulations of their brother Joseph – now a powerful Egyptian official – to motivate them to return to Egypt. But they didn’t understand this, and they could have easily just put the cash back in their pockets. Continue reading

The Risks of Kindness

Shocking words: “Love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return.” (Luke 6:35).  It’s not good enough to just lend to friends and people who are low risk.  For “even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount” (v.34).  These statements at first seem irresponsible and reckless.  Wouldn’t we become impoverished if we threw money around like that? Continue reading