with Those Who Are Weak
weak, and I am not weak? Who is made to stumble, and I do not burn with
indignation? (2 Corinthians 11:29)
do not live in isolation. When we sin, there are repercussions throughout the
Christian community. When a brother or sister suffers, we are affected. Our
calling is not to be solitary Christians but to be members of a priesthood (1
was impossible for Paul to remain unmoved while there were believers in Corinth
who were spiritually weak. When he learned that false teachers had caused
Christians in Corinth to stumble in their faith, Paul burned with indignation.
Paul told the church members at Corinth to rejoice when a church member
rejoices and to weep when a fellow member weeps (1 Cor. 12:26). We depend on
one another, and this influences everything we do. Jesus said that even when we
pray, we are to begin by saying “our Father” (Matt. 6:9). We must do everything
with our fellow Christian in mind (1 Cor. 14:12).
possible to become so preoccupied with your own spiritual journey that you do
not get involved in your church. You can become so focused on what God is doing
in your own country that you are oblivious to the suffering and persecution
that your fellow Christians face in countries around the world. If other
believers around you are rejoicing or hurting, and you are unaffected, you have
become desensitized to the people of God.
God to place a burden on your heart for fellow believers. Make yourself aware
of their needs. Pray for them and adjust your life to God’s activity in their