When I hear the word ‘weak’, it takes on different connotations for various situations. For example, “After getting over the flu, I feel weak for days after it’s gone.” “Her solo sounded weak.” “I didn’t fully understand her stance b/c the points in her thesis were weak.” But no matter what… when I hear the words ‘weak’ and ‘faith’ in the same sentence, it always tends to take on the same meaning for me. There is typically no in between.
All of us (believers) have gone through a time when our faith has been tested and tried. Most of us have experienced moments of anguish with our faith, due to circumstances beyond our control…because we forgot that God was in total control. Most often, the things that make believers question their faith are the “Why did this have to happen?” moments; or the “If there was a God, why would He allow so and so?” In these lack of faith moments, are the times we (believers) need to be most sensitive to their plight. In these times, they need our support, love, and prayers…not judgment. They don’t need to be treated as if they have the plague because their faith is slipping. They need us to be closer to them than ever before because seeing God through us & seeing us hold on to our faith no matter what, is often what gives those experiencing doubt, renewed HOPE!
Romans 14:1 states, Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions.
We have to remember to extend God’s love to those in a weak state. It is not uncommon for those who have weak faith to lose faith completely. That is truly sad. God welcomes us in our frailty and depravity every day. We MUST allow God to lead us to welcome others, no matter how uncomfortable it may be due to resistance on their part. We have to take ourselves and our emotion out of the equation and focus on allowing ourselves to be used for God’s glory. We are soldiers on the front line. We must not only fight for our own salvation, but for the salvation of others.
So let today’s blog be a reminder to you today, to love one another in spite of. Stay prayed up and reading and STUDYING your word to keep your own faith strong; in order to be a blessing to those who lack. Matthew 17:20 states, “I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”