“We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1 ESV)
Right now I want you examine your love walk. How do you respond to the failings of others considered to be weaker than yourself? Do you self-righteously gloat when someone fails to measure up to your standards? Do you administer strong doses of condemnation making them feel increasingly guilty for what they have done?
Paul in this text charges the spiritually mature with the task of ministering strength to those who are still struggling with sinful behaviors and actions. Whether you realize it or not even in light of the finished work of Christ on the cross there are still believers who miss the mark sometimes and need the assistance of their brothers and sisters as they walk out their deliverance. However, the pride of some prevents them from demonstrating the love of God towards these “weaker” individuals because in their eyes the “weaker” ones should know better. This mindset is a clear indicator that their love hasn’t been perfected in line with the principle that states, “Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8 ESV)."
If we are to achieve maximum impact as the Body of Christ globally then we must begin to walk in the love which Jesus said would identify his disciples (John 13:35). The unbelieving world is watching us to see how we respond when another Christian has a moment of weakness and for the most part they have observed a lot of inconsistencies between what we say the bible teaches and what we have done. From this day forward make the commitment to true agape love and not the fickle human love that is all about you. After all, if you were the weak one how would want someone to respond?
Steve Tolbert is an emerging revivalist who is passionate about drawing people closer to God.