The Treatment of the Weak
Romans 14:1-12
Him that is weak in the faith receive you, but not to doubtful disputations.…

Weak Christians have infirmities, but infirmity supposes life; and we must not despise them in heart, word, or carriage. We must rather deny ourselves than offend them. We must support them — bear them as pillars bear the house, as the shoulders the burden, as the wall the vine, as parents their children, as the oak the ivy; and this because —

1. THEY ARE BRETHREN. Are they not of the same body? Shall the hand cut off the little finger because it is not as large as the thumb? Do men throw away their corn because it comes into the barn with chaff?

II. THEY ARE WEAK. Bear with them out of pity. In a family, if one of the little ones be sick, all the larger children are ready to attend it, which they need not do if it were well.

III. CHRIST DOES SO. "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ" — the law of —

1. His command.

2. His example. He takes special care of the lambs, will not quench the smoking flax, and is touched with a feeling of our infirmities.

(Philip Henry.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

WEB: Now accept one who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions.

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