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We Then That Are Strong Ought To Bear The Infirmities Of The Weak
Outline by Brian A. Yeager
A. At all times we are to examine ourselves (II Corinthians 13:5).
1. That means we have to search and try our ways (Lamentations 3:40).
2. This requires our hearts [the thoughts; mind; source of action; Matthew 15:18-20] be at work (I John 3:20-21).
3. There is a potential problem with that though ( Jeremiah 17:9-10).
B. Dishonesty is a major hiccup in self-examinations (Galatians 6:3-5).
1. Not being honest will keep us from right (Proverbs 30:12-13).
2. Thus, focus on being honest to yourself (Proverbs 16:1-2 and James 1:22).
II. Body: Knowing If Your The Supported Or The Supporter (Romans 15:1-3).
A. The strong are (NOT A CHECKOFF LIST OF ALL INDICATORS)...
1. Those able to bear the infirmities of the weak in unselfish service to others (Galatians 6:1-2).
a. Infirmities: “a scruple of conscience; error arising from weakness of mind” (Strong’s # 771). * This is the only time that Greek term is used in the New Testament. Ties to Romans 14.
b. Unselfishly spiritual aids to others (Philippians 2:3-8).
2. The unquestionably obedient (Romans 4:13-22).
3. Those who conquer physical ailments turn them to spiritual strength (II Corinthians 12:1-10).
4. The spiritually battle ready (Ephesians 6:10-17).
5. Is not about age (I John 2:14).
6. Those able to be a pattern for others (Titus 2:1-8).
B. The weak are (NOT A CHECKOFF LIST OF ALL INDICATORS)… *Weak is not unfaithful. The weak are to be received, with a qualifier (Romans 14:1).
1. The opposite of all things that show one to be strong shows one to be weak. The weak need special attention; care (I Corinthians 12:22-24).
2. Those easily offended are weak (Romans 14:1-23).
a. Offended: “to entrap, i.e. trip up (figuratively, stumble (transitively) or entice to sin, apostasy or displeasure): — (make to) offend” (Strong’s # 4624).
b. Being weak in matters of liberty or faith is about your response to those things. Therefore, if you can be tripped, be made to stumble, be offended, feel as if you’ve erred because of a matter of liberties – YOU’RE WEAK.
3. Example: A brother says, “that’s a bunch of crap” (used a euphemism) and the weak is offended. The weak thinks Colossians 3:8 is violated...
a. Euphemisms are throughout the Scriptures (Genesis 4:1, Genesis 38:9, Deuteronomy 23:1, Deuteronomy 25:11, II Kings 18:27, Matthew 15:17, and I Corinthians 7:3).
b. Terms like crap [i.e. dung] are authorized by example (Philippians 3:8).
c. The weak is still offended, regardless, and the strong has to watch this language around them.
4. Those who struggle to get up when corrected (Hebrews 12:5-13).
C. In relation to the conscience...
1. The strong are willing to surrender, in matters of AUTHORIZED liberties, to the conscience of the weak that need those concessions (I Corinthians 8:1-13).
2. The strong are able minded enough to observe and act according to the conscience of others that need such concessions (I Corinthians 10:23-33).
D. Additional thoughts...
1. If you’re weak, be humble enough to see it (Luke 18:9-14).
2. Appearances are NOT good sources of judgment here (I Samuel 16:7 and John 7:24).
a. If a person shows up for every service, brings up solid points in discussions, has been a member for a long period of time, they have simply done what is expected (Hebrews 10:22-25).
b. As with all things concerning judging the faith of others, fruit tells the story (Matthew 7:15-20).
3. The weak cannot stay weak (Isaiah 35:3-4).
a. Think of where it leads (I Timothy 4:1-5).
b. As God said to Asa: “Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded” (II Chronicles 15:7).
4. Then we must talk about endurance...
a. The weak may have to endure many trying times of correction (Proverbs 3:11).
b. The strong may have to “put up” [forbear] with many trying times with the weak (Colossians 3:13).
III. Conclusion: Know and live your role (I Thessalonians 5:14).
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