What To Do When Someone You Know Is Struggling and Needs Help
We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. — Romans 15:1
From time to time, we have all known individuals who wrestled with a problem or personal challenge, and we witnessed them struggle and inwardly fight for survival. In fact, you may know someone who fits this very description right now. Especially as we approach a holiday season, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and hopelessness can become even more pronounced. So what should you and I do to help people who are struggling and need support? What kind of support can we give to them to help them make it through Christmastime?
In Romans 15:1, Paul says, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.” According to this verse, there are some of us who are stronger than others, and those of us who are stronger need to reach out to help those who are struggling!
Take a little time to ask yourself this question today: Is there someone I know who needs a little extra encouragement and strength that I could provide along the way?
In fact, Romans 15:1 says we “ought” to do this for those who are weak. The word “ought” is the Greek word opheilo, and it means to be morally obligated or to do something as an obligation. In other words, we are obligated to do this for others. After all the ways people have helped us in our times of need, we are spiritually and morally obligated to do the same for others.