Helping the Weaker

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Romans 14:1 “Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.”

If your church is doing what it is supposed to do, you will find that there will be many weak believers in your church. Being a weaker believer can mean a few things. It can mean that there are many believers who just got saved and don't know much about the faith. It can also mean that there are some believers who have just come back from being backslidden. It can also mean that there are some who are struggling in their faith because of trials. The fact that God shows us that there are those who are “weak in the faith” means that we are going to have to deal with them. If a church doesn't have any who are “weak in the faith,” it is likely that that church is not doing what it is supposed to do. There are several things that you must keep in mind when you are trying to help the weak.

First, there are going to be weaker believers. In the church that I pastor, there are many who are weak in the faith. This does not mean that my church is weak; it simply means that we are being the hospital we need to be to those who are weak. You cannot become frustrated with those who are weaker because you were weaker at one time, but someone helped you to become stronger.

Second, the strong church will have a compilation of those who are stronger in the faith and those who are weaker in the faith. Let me ask you, why should God bring those who are weak in the faith to your church if you are not doing anything to become strong in your faith? The strongest church is the church that is filled with both the strong and weaker believer.

Third, you have a responsibility to the weaker believer. The fact that God commands the church to receive those who are weak in the faith shows that God makes it your responsibility to help a weaker believer. In other words, if you are not helping a weaker believer, you are not obeying God. It may not be easy to help those who are weak in the faith, but God didn't command us to help those who are weak in the faith because it was easy, but because it is the right thing to do.

Fourth, having a weaker brother does not mean that you are strong. God did not say in the verse above that they were strong; He just said to receive those who are weak in the faith. The fact that you are helping those who are weak in the faith does not mean that you are the strongest believer; it just means someone is weaker than you. If I am helping someone lift five pounds because I work out with ten pounds, it does not mean that I am strong; it just means someone is weaker than me. When you are helping those who are weaker in the faith, remember that it does not mean that you are strong, it just means that you are stronger.

Fifth, you strengthen yourself in the faith by strengthening the weaker brother. The key to getting stronger in the faith is done by helping those who are weaker than you. You become stronger in the faith by helping the weaker. You will find that you are forced to get stronger in your faith when you find someone who is struggling in an area of their life and you try to help them. My friend, stop waiting until you are strong to start helping people, but start helping the weaker than you, and you will become strong. The secret to becoming stronger in the faith is to help someone who is weaker than you, and your faith is strengthened AS you help them. Your spiritual strength will be determined by how much you try to help those who are weaker than you in the faith.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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