This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week\’s word prompt is {{Doubt}}

But Thomas, one of the twelve [disciples], who was called Didymus (the twin), was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples kept telling him, \”We have seen the Lord!\” But he said to them, \”Unless I see in His hands the marks of the nails, and put my finger into the nail prints, and put my hand into His side, I will never believe.\”

John 20:24-25— AMP

Have you ever been called or called someone else a doubting Thomas? I sure have been called and have also called others a doubting Thomas. Do you know what Jesus did with Doubting Thomas? He let him touch his scars. Jesus doesn\’t shoo away doubters; quite the opposite, he invites them closer. He wants us to touch his scars.

It can be upsetting when loved ones (or us) doubt their faith or question God. We worry that we\’ve failed and wonder how to show them love in the middle of their doubts. Follow Jesus as your example—invite them to bring out their doubts. Let them wrestle through this season. This means us too. You never know what Jesus will reveal to them or us.

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  1. What wonderful patience and grace Jesus extended to Thomas, and he offers it to us as well. Visiting from FMF19

  2. I love this post! I think we all have felt like Thomas at one point or another. God needs us to feel the scars in his hands. Happy to be your neighbor at fmf this week.

  3. Your last paragraph particularly splje/hit home to me. Thank you so much for the revelation that it’s OK to let my children bring their doubts and questions into the Light.
    Just stopped by from FMF #17

    1. You’re so welcome Heather.

  4. Wonderful as always.

  5. Definately needed this message today. Thank you! New here!

    1. You’re so welcome Melissa. It’s so nice to meet you.

  6. it’s hard to let others bring their doubts, especially when we don’t have answers….

  7. Doubting Thomas came to my head when I saw this word too. You are so right, Jesus didn’t shoo him away instead he invited him closer. Thanks for sharing that!! Visit from FMF #29

  8. Thank you for reminding us that doubt is a normal part of faith development. – Your fmf linkup friend

  9. Paula, hi! I used to think that Doubting Thomas was a long lost relative. That’s slowly faded the older I get. God has repeatedly shown Himself faithful and wise and tender. He’s never missed a beat along the way. Trusting His character, His heart, continues to release me from trying to figure everything out. No need anymore. I’m so grateful.

  10. It’s difficult to watch someone else struggle with doubts–I pray a lot and shove my worries to God (over and over). But everyone must forge her own path to relationship with Jesus.

  11. He is so kind to draw us closer to Himself, Paula! He leads us from fear, unbelief and doubt to faith.

  12. Paula, like you, I am so very grateful Jesus draws closer to us in those times of doubt. In His grace, mercy, and love, He goes to great lengths to dispel the doubt and reveal Himself to us.

    1. Amen and Amen Joanne. {{Hugs}}

  13. That is really good insight into how Jesus responded to Thomas. I never thought of that before.

  14. Thanks so muchf or stopping by!! I hope you are having a great weekend!!

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