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Support The Weak

Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves.

Romans 15:1 (HCSB)


Through this verse, Paul makes a very strong argument regarding the responsibility of those who are spiritually strong, those whose faith does not fail. By using the pronoun “We”, he identifies himself as one of them. Its goal is to build a harmonious and uplifting relationship between the strong and the weak in the faith. Relationship that creates unity within an assembly.


Those who are strong in faith often believe that they have the freedom to do whatever they want without worrying about the consequences their attitude or behavior may have on those who are weak. Paul wants to remind them that their role is rather to support the weak, to treat them with kindness. He wants the strong to put a limit on their behavior in the face of what can affect others, especially their weak brothers.


I don't know where you fall between these two categories. But if you consider yourself a strong Christian in faith, you have a responsibility to support your weaker brother. At one point in your life you were exactly where he is today and it took time, trials and tribulations for you to become a mature Christian. So before you do anything, remember that God has called you to build up and help others. This is exactly what Jesus did with his disciples. He guided them and strengthened their faith to make them mature.


May the grace and peace of God be with you all.

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