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THE RIGHTEOUS ARE NOT MALICIOUS Malicious means being deliberately hateful, spiteful, mean, nasty, cruel or wicked. A malicious person enjoys hurting or embarrassing others.
MATTHEW 1:18-19 – Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and NOT WANTING TO MAKE HER A PUBLIC EXAMPLE, was minded to PUT HER AWAY SECRETLY. The words “a public example” is the Greek word paradeigmatizo. This means to expose to infamy [ill repute] and put to an open shame. Joseph thought that Mary had been unfaithful to him. However, even though he felt that he had been wronged he did not want to shame Mary because he was a just [righteous] man. The righteous do not scheme on how to fix people and embarrass them. There is something terribly wrong when a brother or sister will go out of the way to maliciously broadcast the weaknesses of another person or assassinate the character of those that they feel have done wrong. If a brother or sister has wronged you, Matthew 18:15-17, informs us on how to handle the issue. However, if you have followed the prescribed method but the issue is still unresolved and you feel that you cannot relate with them anymore, at the very least, follow Josephs example; PUT THEM AWAY SECRETLY. The whole village or town does not need to know what happened. And by the way, secretly does not mean doing it in a devious or underhanded manner. It means that the issue is handled and in a confidential manner. Only the people concerned are involved. 1st Peter 2:1 – (NKJV) – Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, Proverbs 11:13 – (NLT) – A gossip goes around telling secrets, but those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.

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