Mary was engaged to Joseph, but he found out she was pregnant and wanted to call off the wedding. Joseph was a good man, he could have Mary arrested on charges of fornication and adultery. However, he didn’t want to put her through such a humiliating experience. Joseph decided to call off the wedding and not do anything that would bring shame to Mary.
While Joseph was considering his options, an angel appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (ESV)
Joseph listened and obeyed the angel’s instructions. What can we learn from Joseph’s character in this section of the Bible?
- Joseph did not seek vengeance or retribution. Instead, Joseph showed mercy and was willing to forgive Mary.
- Joseph listened to the word of the Lord, as spoken by the angel, and he obeyed God’s word. Joseph was willing to be obedient, despite the circumstances.
We would all do well to learn from Joseph’s example and implant these character traits in our own lives.