MONDAY 3RD MAY, 2021
THEME: STRENGTHEN THE WEAK
PASSAGE: ROMANS 15: 1-16
MEMORY VERSE: 1Thessalonians 5:14“Brothers and sisters, we urge you to warn those who are lazy. Encourage those who are timid. Take tender care of those who are weak. Be patient with everyone.”
HYMN: MHB 338(188.8.131.52 and refrain) – RESCUE the perishing.
To be weak is to be without strength, poor, impotent, lacking the ability to distinguish between good and evil, and mildly powerless. In every society or organization, including the church, there are always two major groups- the rich and the poor or the strong and the weak. This diversity can always cause problems if not properly addressed. Such a problem possibly emerged in the Roman church and had to be addressed before it expanded and scattered the church. In the Roman Church, the strong were looking down on the weak, thereby making the weak condemn the strong because of their liberty.
Even today in the Church, the strong still oppress the weak. At Church Council and Quarterly Meetings, there are individuals who believe that it is only their voices that must be heard. They think that only their ideas and suggestions must be considered. In some cases, the educated and the uneducated are at loggerheads over little things. This is not right and it creates a setback for the Church.
Therefore, Paul had to admonish both the weak and the strong. His advice to the strength was that they should not become a stumbling block to the weak by exercising liberties that might make them stumble.
The benefits which our liberties offer are so small and the blessings for limiting our liberties are so great that this should not be an agonizing decision. He also advised both the weak and the strong to praise God in unity and harmony; to please others instead of pleasing self.
PRAYER: Eternal Father we call upon You today to grant us strength to discern good from bad, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
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