Be merciful to those who doubt. Jude 1:22
Is doubting a sin? Is wavering a sign of weakness? Does spiritual confusion call into question one's spiritual commitment? Do we write off a person who has questions? Is there room for doubters in the church? Is the church a safe place to ask questions?
Thomas followed Jesus for three years. He heard His sermons, watched His miracles, and walked beside Him on dusty roads. He heard Jesus predict His death and promise His resurrection. But Thomas had a hard time getting over the cross. Even when the other disciples said that Jesus was alive, Thomas stuck by his skeptical guns. He said, "Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe." Thomas lived with his doubt until Jesus appeared to the disciples a week later. Jesus sought out the doubter and said, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe." Instead of scolding him for his doubt, Jesus mercifully showed him the truth.
Be merciful to those who doubt. That's the instruction of Jude and the example of Jesus. Find the doubters. Seek out those wavering. Discover those who are confused. Show them the truth with the same mercy Jesus showed to you.
Father, may I be a strong, passionate, vibrant follower of Jesus--tempered with mercy. Put doubters in my path. Help me mercifully point them to the truth. Give me patience with their questions. In Jesus' name. Amen.