And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:…
That the brethren may be weak in faith, in love, in humility, and in some departments of Christian duty, is clearly implied in the command to strengthen them. But this cannot be done by abandoning them. How, then, can it be accomplished?
1. By being always in the place, and punctually discharging the duty which the Lord requires of you, according to your covenant.
2. By the spirituality of those who are turned from any particular course of sinfulness.
3. The brethren may be strengthened by our meekness, and other mild graces.
4. Nor should this work of strengthening the brethren, be a matter of mere contingence. It must be undertaken systematically. Each Christian should adopt a system of doing good, and carry it out in all the branches of a Christian life.
5. He should strengthen them, by meeting with them in circles for prayer.
6. He will also encourage them, by praying for them.
7. He will encourage them by his conversation.
(J. Foot, D. D.)
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