The Risen Lord with His Disciples
Do you believe that Jesus rose from the dead? Do you accept the truth of
the Resurrection as unchallengeable fact? Then Jesus was talking about you
when He told Thomas, "Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have
believed"! Do you feel blessed?
I suspect that most people who answer that question answer it in the
negative. And maybe you are one of those. I am. Most of the time, I do not
*feel* blessed. In fact, as I sit here and poke at this keyboard, I am
stumped by this question: What does it feel like to feel blessed?
Thankfully, blessedness is an issue of fact primarily...perhaps even
mostly. And the fact remains that those who believe by faith enjoy
strength, confidence, stability and assurance.
I believe we can understand this truth easily enough as we consider our
relationship to Jesus and our belief in Him. But I wonder if this same
principle can benefit our relationships with other people.
Obviously there are many aspects of our interpersonal relationships where
believing without visible evidence is unwise. For example, do not believe
everything you hear about people and situations. However, wouldn't our
relationships be strengthened if in other cases we would choose belief
No doubt we have all experienced something like the following. A certain
person does or says something which strikes us clear wrong. Let's just say
So-n-So stands up during testimony time and in the midst of the ensuing
words appears this comment: "I want to be a good example of the believer
the way the Bible enjoins us." Then may come these thoughts (either
directly into your head or indirectly via another's tongue): "Hmm. Wants to
show us the way, uh? Wants us to follow, eh? I wonder if (s)he ever
considered what the Bible says about thinking of yourself too highly!" Or
perhaps someone does something which so obviously seems intended to slight
you or put you down.
What will you do in either of such cases?
You could choose to believe the best and just not worry about the matter.
On the other hand, you could be bothered enough that you go to talk with
the individual. And you actually tell So-n-So what you think he or she
meant with the action or words. What will you do if the accused proclaims
We need to encourage ourselves to believe people even when we think we have
figured out what they really meant. Give them the benefit of the doubt. We
must somehow get ourselves beyond the arrogance of thinking we have an
inside line on what people think and what motivates them. This, I believe,
is one aspect of the power of the Resurrection in the life of the Redeemed.
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