What does it mean to confer such a doubt-filled benefit upon someone? Upon one's self?
First of all, it's a noun - concrete & exact, like an apple or the ocean. More than a phrase, it's a state of mind or - rather - of heart. It's a judgement, and it's exact meaning goes something like this: a favorable opinion or judgment adopted despite uncertainty.
It has the power to dash gossip & unhinge juries. It makes way for mercy & fresh starts. It confounds the certain, and it certifies the counfounded.
When was the last time you felt free to grant someone, or yourself this reprieve; the benefit of the doubt?
I have always found that mercy
bears richer fruits than strict justice.
The glory of Christianity is to
conquer by forgiveness.