Before I delve into the main discussion, I'd love us to make a quick notice. The message is from Joseph's point of view before the angel intervened.

“This was how the birth of Jesus Christ took place. His mother, Mary, was engaged to Joseph but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately. While he was thinking about this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, descendant of David, do not be afraid to take Mary to be your wife. For it is by the Holy Spirit that she has conceived. She will have a son, and you will name him Jesus—because he will save his people from their sins.”

(Matthew 1:18‭-‬21, GNT).

Joseph was a man of love. The Bible recorded that "Joseph was a man who always did what was right" (Matthew 1:19, GNT). Note how the scriptures put it: "what was right".

He found out that his fiancée was pregnant when he didn't even touch her. As a man who knew the commandments and the consequences of disobeying them, he did what was right. He responded well to the issue by doing something. I'd love to share that thing with us today.

I believe we're conversant with the story and we should know how Joseph felt when he realized that his wife-to-be got pregnant for "someone". Imagine, someone he was planning his future with stabbed him just like that!

I'm sure most people would love to do a lot of things to harm the "cheating partner"

(N.B.: I'm not advocating for sexual immorality nor unfaithfulness. Plus I'm not saying that Mary was unfaithful. I'm just trying to let us see Joseph's point of view before the angel intervened. I hope we understand.)

Joseph still had love in his heart for her despite the situation. He responded well to the issue by being moved with love and not the feeling to harm her. How? Because "he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly" (Matthew 1:19).

He was pained, but he didn't allow the pain to decide for him. Remember, the angel hadn't come to tell him things here, the feeling of being betrayed was still in his heart, yet he still chose not to disgrace the person who brought him "shame"!

What a love!

Love never fails, it'd always do good to those who don't deserve it. Assuming Joseph didn't act in love, maybe it'd have been a different narrative. Maybe he'd have disgraced her publicly and those Pharisees might have ordered for her to be stoned. I know some would say the angel would stop it. Well, let the "angel" stop you from reacting rashly to issues!

Someone might do what is bad but our response to it goes a very long way. We should respond in love to the good and the bad.

Funnily, the person might not have done anything bad, it might be that our minds are playing tricks on us. Mary was faithful yet Joseph felt she cheated.

Walk in love with everyone. God bless!