We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves – Romans 15:1.
When I read this scripture one of the first things that comes to my mind is the question; ‘so a strong Christian knows they are strong?’. The answer is pretty simple and it goes back to Hebrews 5:14; ‘…those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.’ Strong Christians are in the constant habit of obeying the Word, every part of it, walking in it, practicing what it says.
So this portion of scripture says to me that a strong, growing Christian is not quarrelsome. They are discerning. What makes the difference between a weak and a strong Christian is application of the Word, not knowledge. It’s when you grow in knowledge yes, and walk in reverence and adherence. Because the Holy Spirit is there to tell you (not contrary to the Word) what to do in a particular situation. He reminds us the Word we have committed to our spirit to act according to it.
So when there are constant fights among the bretheren it is indicative of spiritual childishness, both ways. Because you cannot say you are strong and be returning blows, it is contrary to scripture. The Word tells us not to argue with the bretheren. A sure sign of growth is peace among the bretheren even with disagreeing views on certain issues.
‘Don’t waste time arguing over foolish ideas and silly myths and legends. Spend your time and energy in the exercise of keeping spiritually fit ‘- 1 Timothy 4:7
‘Remind everyone about these things, and command them in God’s presence to stop fighting over words. Such arguments are useless, and they can ruin those who hear them’ – 2 Timothy 2:14
‘Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently’- Romans 14:1