Do you recognize the phrase, presumption of innocence? It is also stated as presumed innocent until proven guilty. This is a legal concept and is accepted doctrine in free countries on the basis that it is worth the risk to let some guilty people go free than to punish the innocent unjustly. Can you apply this principle in your own life, apart from a courtroom setting? You have no idea of the guilt or innocence of most of the people you encounter. Isn’t it better to show them favor even if it turns out to be undeserved? The alternative is to become judges of evil intent. Isn’t it better to give the benefit of the doubt, or the unknown? Another name for this is mercy.
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