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Thoughts on Weak and Strong Christians

The Bible declares, in Romans 15.1–3: “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself.”

To whom are these verses directed? To “we then that are strong.”

What should “we then that are strong” do? Well, three things: (1) “bear the infirmities of the weak,” (2) “not … please ourselves,” but rather (3) “please [our] neighbor.”

And the purpose of all this? “For his [our neighbor’s] good to edification.”

Why? “For even Christ pleased not himself.”

Maybe you consider yourself to be a weak Christian, and therefore believe that Romans 15:1–3 is not directed to you?

Don’t be too sure. There is a very interesting paradox in this matter of strong Christians and weak Christians:

• Weak Christians tend to view themselves as being quite strong. (Some of them are, after all, precisely the ones who hold to “strong” convictions about not eating certain foods, etc. Read Romans 14:2–6.)

• But strong Christians are conscious of their weaknesses, and therefore think of themselves as weak Christians who desperately need to commune with Christ every day in order to survive spiritually.

Perhaps you are a strong Christian (and are conscious of your weaknesses), or perhaps you are a weak Christian (and view yourself as being quite strong). Whatever the case, let’s not forget that Romans 15:7 is specifically directed to all Christians: “Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.”

Will we do that?

And if you indeed are a strong Christian, will you be humble enough to include yourself among “we then that are strong,” and then be obedient to the commands that are directed specifically to you in Romans 15:1–3?

Will you do that?

—Daniel Huber

1 comment(s)

Really , is all truth . The Holy Bible says the only TRUTH. Jesus . Jesus is the Lord in the heaven and the earth. I'm not strongt but much christians help-me . Mr. Huber has reason!!!!Only The Bible and only Christus

Posted by Lorena Alejandra Lang on Mon 5 Aug 2013, 18:16pm

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