We live in a time of showing off strength. The gym shows strong people. The workplace has strong people. The biggest movies that will eventually come to the big screen are about strong people.
But not all are strong. There are weak people. Some are weak in will, and need help resisting the spirit of the age. Some are weak in knowledge, and need help strengthening their knowledge of God and His Word.
Believers who are strong are directed to help the weak. We are to train the weak. Strong believers are tasked with bolstering the weak.
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And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Colossians 1:28
As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 12:1-4
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. Romans 14:22
These verses encourage us in bearing with those who are weak. Throughout our Christian life will be those who demand their rights. We must determine if we our rights will stand in contrast and break fellowship, or give us an opportunity to serve like Jesus. The King of Glory stooped to wash dung off the disciples’ feet. My Great God and Savior gave Himself on the cross for my willful sin. My Lord gave me life to serve His people.
May the service of those at Cornerstone uplift those who are weak. May we bear well with the burdens of those who are fainthearted. May we help those who are immature in Christ to grow to maturity. This is not a speedy process. Some children walk before their first birthday, but none of my kids did. Like children, serve those who seem weak to you well. Care for them, bolster them, and help them mature in Christ.