Psalm 41:1 "Blessed is he who has regard for the weak;
the Lord delivers him in times of trouble."
Wow! If anyone needs incentive to "have regard" for the weak, just look at this promise! And it goes on in verse 2-3:"The Lord will protect im and preserve his life;
he will bless im in the land
and not surrender him to the desire of his foes.
The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed
and restore him from his bed of illness."
So, to claim that promise, we must "have regard" for the weak. But what does that mean? How do we do that?
So I went to dictionary.com, and looked up the noun form:http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/regardn.
1. A look or gaze.
2. Careful thought or attention; heed: She gives little regard to her sister's teasing.
3. a. Respect, affection, or esteem: He has high regard for your work.
Good wishes expressing such sentiment: Give the family my best regards.
4. A particular point or aspect; respect: She was lucky in that regard.
5. Basis for action; motive.
Appearance or aspect.
I think the most relevant are definitions 2 and 3.a. We must give careful thought and attention to the week, and heed them. We should show them respect, affection and esteem.
Who are the weak that we need to treat in such a way? I believe this applies to many kinds of weakness.
There is physical weakness. Elderly people are often weak, and the Bible also says to respect our elders. Sick people frequently are weak also, due to the illness they are suffering from. In the N.T. we are told to visit the sick, lay hands on them and annoint them with oil, and the prayer of faith will heal them.
There is also spiritual weakness. Paul talked a lot about how to behave toward our weak brother in the faith. We should avoid showing off our freedom in Christ to a brother who is weak in that area. We have freedom to drink, for example, but do not drink around an alcoholic. That is a way to show regard to our spiritually weak brothers.
There is also emotional weakness. People who have been abused need special care. They've been hurt so badly, that they no longer feel they deserve any love at all. When we give careful thought and attention to them in the name of Christ, and heed their needs, they will begin to grow. When they are shown respect, affection and esteem, their low self-esteem will begin to evolve into high Christ-esteem.
Look around you today, and see if you can identify the people around you who are weak in some way. Go out of your way to give careful thought and attention to them, to heed them, and to show them respect, affection and esteem, all in Christ's name. And see if God doesn't reward you like He promised!