We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. Romans 15: 1, 2

A powerful directive for the people of God. In the context of mutual edification, the apostle directs the strong concerning the weak. While acknowledging the strength of some, he wants the strong to be strong in pleasing the neighbour, not in pleasing himself. Proper application of one’s strength is to care for the weak, to build him up. In the world, elbowing one’s way to the top is valued as one’s strength. In the church, helping the other to get to the top is pleasing to God, who does not wish that even
the little ones stumble and perish. (Matthew 18)