Jude 1.22 (NIV), “Be merciful to those who doubt.”
When you’re hurting that’s the most likely time you’re going to doubt. When you’re really hurting, you say, “Where is GOD? HE’s not hearing my prayer. Maybe HE doesn’t care. Maybe HE doesn’t even exist!”
If you’ve never had those doubts, you’ve never been in very much pain. If you’ve been in pain you know exactly what I’m talking about. Doubts come in.
What is the CHRIST like response to people who doubt? You don’t debate them: “I’m going to prove to you that GOD exists!” You don’t demean them, put them down, disown them – “You’re not a CHRISTian if you’re having doubts!” You don’t desert them.
What do you do? You show mercy. Be understanding and supportive of them. Show mercy to those who doubt when they’re in pain.
Just a thought from the front porch…