|“You will never exaggerate when you speak good things of God. It is not possible to do so. Try, dear brethren, and boast in the Lord.” Charles Spurgeon
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” Romans 15:1
In his closing chapters of Romans, Paul discusses how the weak and strong should relate to each other. The “weaker brother” makes a moral issue out of non-essentials, calling wrong what the Bible permits. Paul uses, by way of illustration, eating and drinking, and observing certain days. Paul says that since God establishes no prohibition in these areas, you are free to make your own determination.
The strong, according to Paul, fall into three groups: First, those who understand their liberty in Christ regarding the non-essentials, and hold in contempt those that don’t. Second, those who exercise their liberty in Christ with restraint in consideration of the weak. One of Paul’s objectives is to move those in the first group into this second group. Third, those who exercise their liberty in Christ with restrain because of personal convictions. Such a person, for example, may abstain from eating pork for health reasons.
Paul does not affirm the scruples of the weak. Quite the opposite; he has as one of his objectives to make strong Christians out of weak ones. If you believe, by way of example, that God does not want you to use alcohol or gamble, you fit into the third group of the strong. But if you believe God does not want any believer to do these things, the great apostle says you are weak, and that God wants to destroy your scruples. You cannot call wrong what God allows, and you cannot try to force your convictions on others.
Proverbs 25-26 2 Corinthians 9 (New King James Version)
2 Corinthians 9
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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