A diamond with a flaw — is better than a pebble without one!
(George Everard, "The Home of Bethany" 1873)
"Then Thomas said to the rest of the disciples: Let us also go, that we may die with Him!" John 11:16
We often think only of Thomas as the picture of a doubting, unbelieving disciple. Let us not forget that there was in him the spirit of true self-denying love. Christ purposed to go into Judea. Thomas thought the Jews would kill Him — but if so, he was ready to share the danger.
We may learn a lesson here — let us look at the best side of a Christian's character.
"A diamond with a flaw — is better than a pebble without one!" A Christian may have some grave infirmity; he may fail very grievously at some crisis of his Christian career — yet for all that he may be one of Christ's jewels, and may shine brightly hereafter in His crown!