August 15, 2022     6:51 am
349. Week of Twenty Second Sunday after Trinity - Friday
We that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
          We, then, that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.   Romans 15:1
          Here weak Christians are meant that are different from those mentioned yesterday, Christians who are weak with regard to their daily walk and conduct, who soon stumble and fall, who are easily led into some sin, or give way to sin, such as anger, untruthfulness, intemperance, and the like, or who do not succeed in breaking away altogether from some habitual sin, though they greatly desire to do so. Such Christians, indeed, are weak; they lack spiritual strength. And it must be admitted that it is their own fault. Or would you say that it is God's fault? - The Church of God is full of such weak Christians. Now if you are strong, if you show great spiritual strength to rule over the sin tempting you from within, and do not permit it to prevail with you, but always overcome and conquer it, and always walk steadfastly in the ways of God.- But wait! Let me put a question: Are you really such a strong Christian? Or are you, too, one of the weak ones? If you actually are strong, what, then, should be your attitude toward the weak? You must bear their infirmities. "Bear"? What does that mean? Overlook? Tolerate? Let them pass? More than that! You must help the weak in faith as any decent man will help the physically weak and infirm on the street. You must take the infirmities of the weak upon yourself and help them to get strong. You must not be pleased with yourself, not concern yourself about yourself alone, much less pride yourself upon your strength, you wretched man, who stands only by the power of God. Your demeanour should be such as to please your neighbour for his good, to edification. And humble brotherly love will teach you how to go about this.
          PRAYER: - Lord, my God, what shall I say? What shall I pray? If by Your grace I have mastered a sin, and then see a brother that is weak, help me not to judge him, not to forsake him, not to leave him alone, but most lovingly to help him, as You help me, O gracious God! Amen.

Third Part : The Christian's Life and Death
August 15, 2022     6:51 am