35When morning came, the magistrates sent the police, saying, ‘Let those men go.’ 36And the jailer reported the message to Paul, saying, ‘The magistrates sent word to let you go; therefore come out now and go in peace.’ 37But Paul replied, ‘They have beaten us in public, uncondemned, men who are Roman citizens, and have thrown us into prison; and now are they going to discharge us in secret? Certainly not! Let them come and take us out themselves.’ 38The police reported these words to the magistrates, and they were afraid when they heard that they were Roman citizens; 39so they came and apologized to them. And they took them out and asked them to leave the city. 40After leaving the prison they went to Lydia’s home; and when they had seen and encouraged the brothers and sisters there, they departed. (Acts 16:35-40, NRSV)
Wouldn’t you think that the authorities would have asked or discovered the citizenship of people they were arresting/beating? I mean this wouldn’t happen today right?
This happens all the time because people assume what they want about others, rather than caring to get to know the person and the situation.
How do we jump to conclusions in our daily lives?
Where can we change our attitudes and the way we live to show God’s love more?