Matthew 1:19 (TPT) (Mary’s) fiancé, Joseph, was a righteous man full of integrity and he didn’t want to disgrace her, but when he learned of her pregnancy he secretly planned to break the engagement.
Consider his dilemma. Mary’s life was in danger. She was pregnant and not by Joseph; and adultery was considered a sin worthy of stoning. The breaking of an engagement was tantamount to a divorce. Surely he tossed and turned through the night until the angel of the Lord brought clear direction: …don’t hesitate to take Mary into your home as your wife (Matt. 1:20). Have you ever tossed and turned through a night due to an overwhelming dilemma with no easy answers? Righteousness and integrity lead us to care for the people we love, and God will be faithful to show us how best to do that if we will turn to Him for solutions.