Beware of Jumping To Conclusions!

29 Oct

The e-mail contained nothing but some information that I assumed was meant for me, and it came from someone I did not know very well at the time. I thought that the info was aimed at me, in an accusing way, and I was angry that someone who didn’t really know me would use Scripture, etc, to attack me.

Before I could retaliate, a friend suggested I give this person the benefit of the doubt instead of assuming the worst. “Perhaps there’s an innocent explanation”, he said. I couldn’t imagine what it would be, but I followed his advice and called this person that sent me the e-mail.

“Thank you so much for callling”, they said. “My computer has a virus and it spewed out e-mails to random people..” Gulp.

I’m thankful that God used my friend to keep me from creating a problem where none existed. By jumping to a conclusion that was logical but untrue, I came dangerously close to unnecessary conflict.

To avoid making wrong judgments, we must be careful to get the facts right. To avoid an embarrassing fall, don’t jump to a wrong conclusion.

Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Ecclesiaste 7:9

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