Greetings everyone! The following is something I have been thinking about and wanted to share it with you. I would love to know what you all think of this as well, so please share your thoughts in the comments section.
I remember hearing a story about a preacher who in the middle of his sermon stopped and asked his church to pray for him because he was struggling with something. After the worship assembly was over that day the elders met and fired the preacher. Fired? Yes, fired.
Makes we wonder how that preacher felt, and if he ever shared anything like that with anyone else ever again. That is defineitly a sad story.
The good news is Jesus isn’t like that. The prophet Isaiah prophesied that Jesus would never break a bruised read nor snuff out a struggling spark on a candle (Isa. 42:3). Jesus promises to be with and protect His little children, the young in the faith, and those who are struggling in their faith.
The Apostle Paul puts flesh and bones on this concept when he writes Romans chapters 14 and 15. In Romans 14, Paul tells those who think they are “strong” to treat those who disagree with them as the “weak” brethren and actively seek reconciliation. In chapter 15 Paul tells them (in verse 1) “we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves…” We aren’t supposed to let them have their way about everything, but to educate them in the right ways in the Lord (Acts 18:26). And all throughout 1st Corinthians this seems to be Paul’s theme in that letter. He was constantly teaching them and instructing them in the right way. Paul had to keep on telling them they can’t take brethren to court in front of unbelievers (, not to force weaker brethren to defile their sense of right and wrong by eating meat that had been sacrificed to idols (ch 8), and so forth. He told them how they were to behave in worship (ch 11), to respect others and their spiritual gifts (ch 12), how to love each other (ch 13), different gifts and tongue speaking (ch 14), and so forth. Paul treated them as the weaker brethren in his instruction. He did it with gentleness and respect for them. He strongly advised them to do likewise to themselves and to others.
We should believe the best in others, that any misbehavior is just weakness. I love the Lord of the Ring trilogy. In the first movie (The Fellowship of the Ring) Boromire shows so much of his strength and his weakness. He showed strength in defending Merry and Pippin when the enemy attacks them trying to find Frodo and the ring. He defended them and was killed while he was defending them. Boromire showed his weakness in trying so hard to take the ring from Frodo. But one of the lasting images I have of Fellowship of the Ring is Boromire laying there dieing and Aragorne talking with him. As Aragorne promised him he wouldn’t let their people die or kingdom fail. And Boromire said “I would have followed you, my brother, my captain, my king”. Boromire got a bad rap as a bad guy in the LOFR movies. But it was just a weakness he had to battle.
We are all weak in various areas in our lives. We need to seek God and others to help us overcome those areas in our lives.
But please never ever forget this one thing: God loves the weak. And so should we.
Comments? Please share your thoughts. Thanks for your attention. God bless. Grace and Peace.
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