The Benefit Of The Doubt

The Old English Idiom – The Benefit Of The Doubt is an important life principle.  It simply means: to believe something good or positive about someone, rather than something bad or negative, when you have the possibility of doing either.

It seems to be a more common occurrence to assume all of the negative or bad about so and so, when people don’t even know so and so.   It’s a much better place to start from zero, assume the positive and give people The Benefit Of The Doubt. I see pastors thinking negative about other pastors, Christians thinking negative about other Christians, ministries thinking negative about other ministries and people in general thinking negative about people in general.

Often times these negative thoughts occur when there is an opportunity to think or speak positive about others and simply give them The Benefit Of The Doubt. It urks me when people rip legitimate pastors, doing legitimate ministry when they can choose to give them the benefit of the doubt.  Personally, I’m not going to spend enough of my time and energy watching, listening to, or following a pastor whose ministry I don’t like.  Especially, not enough time and energy to formulate a true negative opinion.

Satan has a heyday when Pastors, Ministry Leaders & Christians in general don’t give one another The Benefit Of The Doubt.

Next time you think about speaking or thinking negatively about so and so and you really don’t even know so and so…  Check yourself and give them The Benefit Of The Doubt. Give people the benefit of the doubt, unless they absolutely compel you to do otherwise.

God Is Love!

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Scott Williams served as a key leader and Campus Pastor for He is the Chief Solutions Officer for Nxt Level Solutions, a consulting company he founded to help businesses, non-profits and individuals with both internal and external growth. Scott is speaker, strategist, consultant and developer of leaders. He is an avid blogger at, and leverages Social Media to make a Kingdom impact. Scott is passionate about leadership development, organizational growth and diversity. He is the author of “Church Diversity – Sunday The Most Segregated Day Of The Week.” Scott is married, a father of two, and lives in Oklahoma City, OK.