It is important to remember that Jesus did not quit meeting with His disciples because Judas was a traitor and a thief, because Peter was fickle, or because Thomas had his doubts. His disciples were at times rude, thoughtless, unkind, and selfish. His disciples still sometimes manifest those attitudes. But He does not forsake them; nor should we forsake them. Rather, we are to encourage the best and overlook and forgive the rest. In this way, we can create a climate for growth, all the while being thankful that people have been patient with us as well.



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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.