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Life of Faith, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

23- Those with little or weak faith

 

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: بطرس يسير على الماء

2. There are those with little or weak faith, following are examples from Bible about this kind:

a) Those who complain about God's care in food or clothes. The Lord gave them an example of the lilies of the field, and that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. The Lord then rebuked them by saying “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 6:28-30, Luke 12:28).

b) The Lord also rebuked the disciples, when they thought that they did not take bread with them by saying “O you of little faith” (Matt. 14:31).

c) The Lord rebuked Saint Peter when he became afraid after walking with Him on the water and began to sink, the Lord rebuked him and said “O you of little faith, why did you doubt” (Matt. 14:31).

d) Similarly, when the disciples got frightened when the waves covered the ship during the Lord's sleep, then the Lord said to them “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26).

Thus fear and doubt in the help of the Lord are evidences of little faith.

e) The apostle gave an example of a person of weak faith who eats only vegetables, the apostle also ordered that one should not judge or mock such a person and said “To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.” (Rom. 14:1-4).

Here I admire the father of the boy with an evil spirit, when the Lord asked him “do you believe?” so as to heal his son, the father answered “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24).

The person with weak faith needs those who pray for him, so that the Lord may help him. We should not mock him for God is able to make him firm in faith.


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