“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak . . .” (Romans 15:1, KJV)
You know, we all have weaknesses in some areas of our lives. Every one of us is strong in some ways, and weak in others. There are no perfect, sinless, without limitation individuals. We all “fall short” in some area or another. Yet, we all have strengths as well. Some are strong in one way, some are strong in other ways. We all have strengths and we all have weaknesses.
We need to remember this as we relate to one another. None of us can afford to denigrate, put down, ostracize or laugh at the weakness in someone else. Where I am weak you might be strong. Where you are weak I might be strong. Just as sure as my weakness could show up today, yours could be manifested tomorrow. Therefore, as Paul admonishes us in this verse, the strong must “bear the infirmities of the weak.”
1. You do know we all need one another?
2. We cannot afford to throw anyone away or discount anyone for what might be a weakness on their part.
3. What areas of your life do you see some weakness(s) that you might need to connect with someone who is strong in that same area?
4. What areas of your life are you strong in, that you could be of service and aid to someone else who is weak in that area?
We are to help one another so that our weaknesses do not conquer us but we conquer them. It is my ministry to be strong for you when you are weak. It is your ministry to be strong for me when I am weak. You hold me up, I’ll hold you up, as we all hold each other up. In doing so weaknesses are turned into strengths and failures become testimonies. The bottom line of what Paul instructs and I am saying is, WE’VE GOT TO STRENGTHEN ONE ANOTHER!