Be Considerate and Merciful Even if There is Evidence for Judgement
You saw it with your own eyes, heard it with your own ears. So has others. There is no doubting the evidence. What will you do?
They are wrong, rebellious, and clearly at fault! We feel justified in our judgement. And surely we are not as bad as they are. Its kind of a good feeling when others fall in their sinfulness. Our “feel good factor” rises a few points. This causes us to push further with our judgement of others.
Mary carried the clear evidence of sin against God, society, and the one she was about to marry. What more evidence would one want? But Joseph wanted to show some grace by putting her away quietly, rather than making a big ruckus. Was it forgiveness? No, but to some extent he was showing grace.
But God intervened and gave his explanation for the evidence. Now the evidence could be seen from a new perspective. Same evidence, different perspective.
So be considerate and merciful of others even when there is evidence for judgment. God has the last word (Matt 1:19-20).
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