We demonstrate our love for the church as we warn the unruly and comfort the feebleminded. Today we are reminded that we are to help those who are weak.
“Weak” means feeble or impotent. Several times in the New Testament it is translated “sick” because their bodies are weak. Jesus used this word in Matthew 26:41 when He exhorted the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane.
We see this term describing the difference between men and women in I Peter 3:7, “Likewise, husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.”
In the context of the church, who are the “weak?” I think there are two possible answers and perhaps Paul has both in mind here. First, “the weak” may refer to a less mature believer, one that Paul designates as “the weaker brother.”
Second, “the weak” may refer to a believer who stumbles with habitual sins.
Practically how can we “uphold” each other in our weaknesses? We need openness, prayer and accountability. We’ve got to be willing to put away our pride and confess our sins.
James 5:16 says, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”