In Romans 15, the Apostle Paul begins with this explicit instruction, “But we who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not just please ourselves.”
So, what is the biggest challenge in bearing with the failings of the weak?
The biggest challenge is that we, too, are WEAK.
We’ve wondered why we can’t seem to bear the failings of the weak despite trying hard because we are not strong.
And so, unaware of our weakness, we hold in contempt those who fail to come up with our expectations.
In the following verses, Paul reinforced his instructions:
2 Let each of us please his neighbour for his good to build him up.
3 For even Christ did not please himself, but just as it is written, “The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.”
4 For everything that was written in former times was written for our instruction so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures, we may have hope.
Yes, the strong person has the patience to bear the failings of the weak. They don’t please themselves, but only Jesus Christ.
The strong person doesn’t feel insulted when things don’t happen as expected because the insults of those who insult the strong person have fallen on Jesus.
Let us pray that may the Good Lord Jesus Christ empower us to be strong so we can bear the failings of the weak.
Now may the God of endurance and comfort give you unity with one another in accordance with Christ Jesus, so that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 15:5-6).