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Honesty Rewarded

By Peter P. Macinta

I am very glad my son Jon did the right thing. About two weeks ago he found a wallet with $50 cash. Instead of keeping it, he tracked down the owner and returned it.

Doing the right thing in the eyes of the Lord, along with a clear conscience, is certainly a sufficient reward. However, a nice little surprise awaited him.

Just a few days later, he found an unopened gift-card on the ground. There was no identification on it and no one was around that he could ask if the card had belonged to them. So, he was the new owner, and the value of the card was $50. Looks like God was rewarding him for his honesty.

Much of society still values honesty, and it does feel good to be trusted. Our fellow humans need that, and most appreciate it.

Such was the case of Joseph in Potiphar’s house. It was sensed by Potiphar that Joseph was a trustworthy person. So, at one point, “he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat.” (Genesis 39:6)

Do not think for a moment that Joseph could not have been otherwise. He was almost killed by his brothers and was sold by them to traders before he came to Potiphar’s house. Instead of becoming a slouch or getting bitter at God, he maintained his integrity, was noted for it, and was rewarded.

Such honesty goes beyond money and into every fabric of one’s life in most cases. Many who are found to be honest with money are also found to be honest on the job, not wasting time on the clock but doing something beneficial for their place of employment.

Being honest is very rewarding in many ways. If you need help in that area, Christ will be glad to help you, if you surrender to Him. In fact, He desires not only to help you in the area of honesty, but in all facets of your life. Trust Him today and every day. That is indeed the best way to live.

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