Monday, January 16, 2017.
Author: Bishop Julius Okarike
Verse Of The Day: We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me. Romans 15 : 1 – 3
LISTEN: Are you among the strong, or the weak? Are you supporting others or waiting to be supported? It is not good to be qualified as weak. Yet, we cannot deny the fact that there are weak ones among us. They are in our homes, churches, schools, workplaces, among our peers and colleagues, etc. Weaknesses sometimes happens beyond our control. Therefore, the weak must not be treated as the worst of all men. (1 Corinthians 9 : 22).
Many became weak by tragedy and calamity, others by sicknesses and diseases; others by reason of old age, others by dullness of mind, others by poverty, others by ‘accident’, etc. Weakness comes in different forms. No matter the forms it comes, we are expected to support the weak. But what does it mean to be weak? It means to lack strength: deficient in physical strength, not strong; not able to resist external force or withstand attack. Besides, it also means to not be sound in the mind and reasoning: not able to withstand temptation or persuasion; not able to function properly: ineffective and impotent.
Beloved, do you realise that there are many weak people in our society today? At such they need the support of the strong like you? (Deuteronomy 15 : 11). Have you not realised that the aged are often weak, and needs to be supported by others? What about the sick in your home? Do you give them your support or hate them? As a result, want them out of the way? What about the spiritually weak members in our churches? Do you criticise, and discourage them for not being able to grow spiritually, instead of building them up to maturity?
What about the poor? Have you join others to mock them instead of giving them your support? Are you among those who treat the poor with so much dislike and disrespect? Should the weak be treated unfairly? Of course not! Our verse of the day says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached you fell on me.” (Romans 15 : 1 – 3). Beloved, do not dislike or neglect the weak. Always give your cheerful support and the good LORD will bless you.
Having read today’s devotional, what is expected of you?
1. Do not refuse or withdraw your support for the weak, remember that God sees all, and shall reward you.
2. Never express dislike and disrespect for the weak, instead help in building them up.
3. Never be part of those who mock and despise the poor and weak, instead, be an example of kindness to others.
4. Always determine to readily show some pity and support for the weak, poor and oppressed no matter what.
Daily Task: Open your eyes, ears and heart to the cry of the weak. Always remember that someday, you might be weak and will desperately need the help and support of others.
Daily Reflection: When the strong heartily support the weak, he or she has acknowledged God as the source of strength, and therefore decided to serve Him and others with it.
Daily Prayer: Almighty God, help me to readily support the weak without murmuring. As I do that, deliver me from every form of weakness, in Jesus’ name, amen.
Daily Prophetic Declaration: Today, I prophesy over your life, may God give you the grace to support the weak. May He in turn rebuke weakness in your own life as you do that, in Jesus’ name.