Counsel The Doubtful

Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands, and bring your hand and put it into my side, and do not be unbelieving, but believe.’” John 20:27


The spiritual works of mercy are centered around meeting the needs of our neighbors’ spiritual well being. Our spiritual needs are just as important as our physical needs, if not more so because our spiritual souls are eternal. The first spiritual work of mercy is to give counsel to the doubtful. 


Jesus shows us throughout his ministry how important it is to uplift those who have doubts in their beliefs. In the above scripture, Jesus makes extra effort to ensure that his apostle has confidence in his resurrection. It is natural to come across doubts on our journey, and it is important to give encouragement to others when we are able. We need to follow Jesus’ example and speak into others’ needs, questions and uncertainties, and to lead them into the way of trusting in Him.

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