Dealing with Doubts (x)

2 07 2010

These final posts of the series are looking at 6 encouragements that Jesus offers to Thomas in dealing with his doubts.

5) Jesus sent the disciples

Look at verse 21‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’

Though it may not seem like it at the time, overcoming doubts equips you for mission. It prepares you to be sent, to pastor people, to evangelise.

What better witness to an unbeliever who is genuinely trying to get their head around the aspects of Christianity that just seem so implausible than one who has struggled and fought and emerged with answers themselves?

What better help can there be for the struggling Christian trying so hard to reconcile their faith with their questions than one who has wrestled with those very same questions, learnt to guard their heart well, and can disciple them wisely?

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 says ‘Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.’

I love the principle in these verses: As you go through trials and God gives you the grace to endure them, you are being prepared to extend that grace to others. Dealing with doubts is character building. It’s missional.

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