Bearing Each Others Weaknesses
“We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak and not to please ourselves” Romans 15:1 (KJV)
As Christians, when our fellow believers fall short or do things that are inconsistent with our nature in Christ, we’re meant to support and help them out rather than condemn them or feel like we’re better than them because we do not fall. We owe this to each other as a duty just as Christ bore our infirmities. We do this by correcting ourselves in love and edifying each other by prayer and study of God’s word.
Verse 14 of Romans 15 says…’And I myself also am persuaded of you brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.’ This tells us that by the Holy Spirit within us, we are filled with the fruits of the spirit and with knowledge of God’s word and therefore, we can correct and instruct each other in love and based on God’s word. We are enabled to teach others to grow and stand firm in the faith. However, we must be humble enough to accept corrections and learn from others as well.
Paul tells us in Galatians 6:1&2
[Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness, considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted…bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ]
He reminds us that we are just as liable to fall into temptation as those who have fallen and therefore, we ourselves must watch and pray.
I devote myself to prayer, constantly praying for every believer. I abound more and more in love with my fellow believer in all knowledge and discernment always spuring them to good works.