Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. Matthew 1: 19
Resolved. His mind was made up. Scripture does not tell us how hard a decision it was for Joseph to make about Mary. Was he reacting emotionally to shocking news or had he thought about this decision and weighed all the options?
Either way, he was resolved. He would tell his pregnant fiancé he would not marry her. That was what would be expected. Why would he bring that shame into his family? By the bias of his culture, it was the right thing to do. What was merciful about this decision was that he would not publicly embarrass her. He would, “put her away quietly’.
He was about to do the wrong thing for the right reason.
Before we judge him, what about you? Have you ever done the wrong thing for the right reason?
We all have. Few of us have ever knowingly done the wrong thing. That isn’t our problem. Our struggle is how not to make the same mistake Joseph almost made.
This Sunday I will be sharing a message, “Wrong thing for the Right Reason”. I share it so this week we will not waste time headed down wrong paths. I share it with hope since Joseph was able to eventually make a decision that changed his life and made Christmas possible. We can too.
Join us on Sunday as we get ready for a special week.
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See you in Worship!