Helping the Weak

Sarah and Henry Grace and Henry

Sarah and Grace with little Henry

My daughter Sarah got a new puppy this week. We all have fallen in love with little Henry. I’ve watched and smiled as Sarah has played with, fed, snuggled, and taken her puppy outside for countless “potty breaks.” She’s training him on a leash and teaching him different commands. She slept by him on the couch the first few nights and helped him transition to his crate.

Henry can’t do much by himself yet. He depends on Sarah for his basic needs, as well as love and protection. He also has another helper . . . our 4-year-old golden retriever Grace. From the moment Henry entered the house, Grace welcomed him, played with him, shared her dog bed and toys with him, and showed him the routines of being a dog in the King family. When Henry got frightened by the sound of the blender, he ran straight to Grace and burrowed his head under her thick fur.

Watching Henry reminds me of what the Bible has to say about the weak:

We are to accept the weak and not judge them.

The Bible says, “Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions . . .  But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you regard your brother with contempt? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God” (Romans 14:1, 10, NASB). We all have personal, faith, and life struggles. We should not be hard-hearted and quickly pass sentence on others when only God sees their heart. Rather, like Sarah and Grace, we are called to accept others in their weakness and love them there.

We are called to help the weak.

1 Thessalonians 5:14, NASB, says, “We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone.” Sarah and Grace chose to help Henry in his weakness. The rest of our family chose to help Sarah when she got tired and needed a break. It is supposed to work this way in the body of Christ. We are called to help those who are weary physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Helping and caring keeps us connected to one another, and as Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35, NASB).

Jesus cares about the weak.

Jesus has a heart for the weak. In fact, He died for them: “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, NASB). When we were weak and unable to do anything to resolve our sin problem, Jesus gave Himself to help us. He met us in our weakness and loved us there. He loved us to the end, all the way to Calvary, where he died to pay the penalty for our sins.

If Jesus so cares for the weak, and if we belong to Him, then we should care about the weak too. We should be asking the Holy Spirit how we can help them, and then do it. When we get a true sense of Jesus’ great love for us in our weakness, we are moved to love others in theirs.

Who knows, maybe someday Henry will be the one showing a new puppy the ropes!

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