I love this example of why getting creative about assuming best intent is hard but critical. Take this verse:
Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you backLuke 14:12
A biblical defense of social anxiety, finally! Introverts rejoice! But here’s where it goes from there:
Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”Luke 14:12-14
Reminds me of this old Mitch Hedberg joke:
So let this be your reminder that even if you’re sure you know someone’s intentions without asking them, you probably don’t. Context is important. Trust by default, and get curious.