Summary: A message on how those who are spiritually strong ought to be treating those who are spiritually weak.
In every situation, we have those whom we consider weak
and those whom we consider strong.
A. We all have somewhat different criteria that we
use to come to this conclusion.
1. This is generally referred to as “our standards”
a. If someone doesn’t measure up to our
standards, we consider them weak.
1.) What does this automatically
imply?.....Yes....that we who have
set the standards, are the strong.
I can poke holes in this whole system....but for the sake of
this exercise....let us consider that your standards are the
right ones and that everyone else that doesn’t measure up to
those standards, is weak.
A. In the jungle....in the animal kingdom...., the weak
do not survive.
1. The weak becomes food for the strong.
Examples: Large predator cats will pick out the weakest in
Chickens will peck the weakest one in the flock
Even among humans......the bully will pick out
weak kid, on the playground.
Is this how things are to operate in the Kingdom of God?
A. Is there any difference in the relationship between
the weak and the strong?
1. I believe that the scriptures speak quite clearly
concerning this relationship.
Let us take a look at what God says......from the standpoint
of YOU BEING THE STRONG ONE!
I. God views the weak as objects of His special love and
care and expects men and women to extend love and
concern towards them, as well.
A. God, Himself, is there to give strength to those
who are weak.
1. Physically.......but more importantly....God
is there to strengthen the spiritually weak, if
they would only cry out to Him and let Him
work in their lives.
Isaiah 40:29-31 - 29 He gives power to the
weak, And to those who have no might He
increases strength. Even the youths shall
faint and be weary, And the young men shall
utterly fall,31 But those who wait on the
Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall
mount up with wings like eagles, They shall
run and not be weary, They shall walk and
2. God does not look on the weak with scorn and
condemnation....he looks on the weak with
pity and a yearning to help.
B. If you really think about it............it was this very
attitude that moved God, with pity, to send His
own Son as the remedy for sinful....weak....and
Romans 5:8 - 8But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died
II Cor. 12:9 - 9And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient
for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
John 3:16 - 16“For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him
should not perish but have everlasting life. 17“For God did
not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but
that the world through Him might be saved.
Isaiah 53:6 - 6 All we like sheep have gone
astray;We have turned, every one, to his own
way; And the Lord has laid on Him the
iniquity of us all.
1. Sin weakened us all, spiritually......indeed, we
were even weakened unto death.
a. God looked down on mankind’s state and
His love....His mercy....His care and
concern............gave us a new life and
new strength, in Him.
II. God’s word explicitly describes how we are to treat
those who are weaker than we are.
A. We, as God’s children, need to emulate God in all
of His ways.
1. As God showed mercy, love, and concern
for the weak........it is only fitting that we, who
are strong, also show mercy, love, and
concern for our spiritually weak fellow man.
Romans 15:1-2 - 1We then who are strong ought to bear
with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
2Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to
a. We are not in a jungle atmosphere....we
left that mind-set when we left the
1.) Survival of the fittest is a law of
Darwin....it is a law of the flesh....
it is a law with no hope and no
b. We, as Christians, live under a law of
love......a law that frees others as we
have been freed.......a law of hope, in
1.) The weakest of us can be given
support, encouragement, help,.....
and eventually.......Eternal Life!
B. Let us remember the proposition.....YOU are the
spiritually strong one.....let us see what God tells
you to do.
1. To the leaders “shepherds” of Israel, God
a. God is the same today as He was back
then........God still charges the