For The One Whose Faith Is Weak
“Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters.” – Romans 14:1
Do you ever feel like your faith is weak?
Perhaps you have had thoughts like this…
- Why didn’t I say something?
- Why do I hesitate to step out in faith when I feel God is telling me to do something?
- Why don’t I trust God’s ways are better than mine?
- Why do I have such a hard time accepting that my works don’t matter towards my salvation?
- Why was I afraid?
Any of these can make us feel like our faith is weak and make us wonder what that means.
What does God think of my weak faith?
Will He say, “Enough is enough! I’m done with you.”
Our passage, today, from Romans 14 is a command to Christians on how we are to treat those with weak faith. If you are a person of great faith, you are not only to accept those with weak faith but not pass judgment.
God’s commands, however, don’t just tell us what to do, they also reveal something about God. In this case, it reveals God’s heart towards Christians with weak faith. He loves them. He does not reject them nor get tired of them. He treats them with care and compassion.
Isaiah 42:3 is a prophetic passage about Jesus. In it we are told this:
“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;“
The Gospel is not about the strength of our faith, it is about God’s faithfulness. Remember, He is the one who created faith in you in the first place. After all, He is “the author and perfecter of faith” (Hebrews 12:2). He not only doesn’t snuff out our faith, but He builds it and strengthens it.
Live In Faith But Trust God’s Faithfulness
Of course, I encourage you to step out in faith and trust God in every aspect of your life. I encourage you to pray for God to strengthen your faith. However, do not look to the strength of your faith as a gauge of your salvation or God’s love for you.
God’s love for you is from His own desire to love, your salvation is by Christ’s work not your own, and God is faithful, even when we stumble.
Thank You for giving me faith. Strengthen my faith in You. When I stumble, help me to remember Your promises and Your great love for me.
In Christ’s Service,