Let us consider, and be concerned for, the weak brethren and sisters. God created us with different abilities to do things, some are weaker and some are stronger than others. We should exhort one another, brethren and sisters, admonish the idlers, encourage the faint-hearted, help the weak and be patient with them all.

But when we think of weak abilities, every one has areas of weakness. Even the main committee, link men and ecclesial elders are weak in some ways. And the ecclesia, too, may become weak in its daily running. The plight of small ecclesias may be analysed incorrectly by those who could help. In some ecclesias, members may leave because of weak leadership and the ecclesia faces desolation.

One possibility is that too great attention may be given to ecclesias in cities and towns, leaving the rural meetings decreasing in numbers. Link men and missionaries may sow the word of God in conducive and viable areas, leaving others in remote areas in isolation. Who will encourage these? Who will make them grow to be strong? Who will cultivate the sown word of God? Brethren and sisters, the word of God should be preached in every area (Mark 16:15). Therefore, let us lift our drooping hands and strengthen our weak knees and make straight paths for our feet. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God. “It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:43). Paul said, “In all things I have shown you that by so toiling one must help the weak” (Acts 20:35).

Bro Patrick Mandivinga (Mutema, Zimbabwe)

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