Sympathizing with Weaknesses
For we don’t have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in every way just as we are, yet without sin.
We are not judged as if we have absolutely no weaknesses to overcome.
We are rigid on ourselves. We are rigid with others. Expecting perfection. No, demanding it. As if there is nothing to overcome. As if perfection is our default setting and we always screw up out of straight up, consciously chosen rebellion.
How many times do we screw up out of weakness.
Jesus sympathizes with our weaknesses, understanding we are not perfect creatures and have much to overcome, some more than others. Thank God!
As we become more like Jesus, it seems that we too will be more and more sympathetic to the weaknesses in others…and ourselves! Growing in Christlikeness means growing in understanding and sympathy and in the embracing of others, and ourselves, in weakness.
This does not let us off the hook from challenging one another, but the point of challenging one another is to strengthen each other in our areas of weakness. We lovingly challenge, seeking our ultimate good, rather than demanding perfection and a living up to our own expectations.
We have no idea what someone has to overcome in their life. We just cannot possibly know it all. But God does, so all the more reason to go to Him when desiring to be a help to others. We must be so dependent on Him in prayer if we are really going to point others to Him.
In the Name of Jesus,
Soli Deo Gloria