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).

Your thoughts?

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6 thoughts on “Be Considerate and Merciful Even if There is Evidence for Judgement

  1. We have no right to judge. I realised a few months back that I have the habit of judging others. Any habit can be changed since it is not inherent. I wanted to put an end to that habit of mine which I had started feeling uncomfortable with. So every time I tend to judge someone I imagine myself in that situation and see how I would be, standing in their shoes. Also every person is made in God’s image. And every single person is God’s unique creation. I too am one of His creations.  I have no right to question or pass my judgements on His work.
    It is difficult to get out of a habit but not impossible. Only the perfect Judge has the right to judge on the final judgement day.
    And about forgiveness.  Forgiveness is only complete with forgetting. That needs grace from God.

  2. sir, I agree with what you say but how should one react to people like Boko Haram and the likes? how should one react to extremisits who kill and exploit people without mercy .. intentionally..

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