Strong Helping the Weak

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. 

Romans 15:1-2

Too often in the world in which we live, we find people stepping on other people to “get to the top.”  We find the people who are “strong” ridiculing the people who are “weak.”  We find a gross lack of compassion.  It should not be this way in our churches.  It should not be this way in the lives of Christians.

The Bible tells us here that “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak.”  As always, we tend to get things backward.  Usually, it is the strong who try to impose their wills and their opinions on the weak.  It is the weak who must submit to the strong.  But that is the opposite of what the Bible would tell us.

If we are “strong” Christians, we should be strong enough to ignore our own wants, desires and opinions and submit our wants, desires and opinions to others.  The stronger we are, the more we should be focusing on others.

A good test of our level of Christianity would be our approach toward others.  Do we want to force everyone to be just like us and to submit to our will?  That would be the sign of a weak Christian.  Or do we defer to others?  Do we put the wants and needs of others ahead of our own will?  That would be the sign of a strong Christian.  This is one of the paradoxes of the Christian life.  The stronger we are, the more submissive we are.  The stronger we are, the more forgving we are.  And the stronger we are, the less we think about ourselves and our own personal wants.  How strong are we today?  How are we treating others?

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