In the gospel of John, chapter 11, Jesus is preparing to return to Judea, to raise Lazarus from the dead. His disciples were worried because the Jews there wanted to stone Him, so they questioned his decision to return.
In verse 16, we read:
"Therefore Thomas, who is called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples, 'Let us also go, so that we may die with Him.'"
When I read that, the first thing I thought was, Wow! What a bold thing to say!
All I have ever heard about Thomas is that he was a doubter. But this comment doesn't lend itself to someone who is weak-willed (which is often the opinion people have of doubters). This sounds like a man who knows his Messiah!
When Jesus was taken by the guards, all of his disciples scattered. They were scared. Then He died, and they were totally confused and even more afraid. Can anyone blame Thomas for wanting to see Jesus? Has anyone ever stopped to consider that the other disciples were telling Thomas that Jesus was alive because they DID get to see Him? (Otherwise, we might have a doubting Matthew, or a doubting John, right?)
All this to say that we need to be careful how we label someone, because that label could stick with them for a long time -- even if it isn't accurate or fair.
How about you? Are you wearing a label that someone has branded you with? I pray that you walk in freedom, knowing that the only label God gives you is "mine."