Accept one another

Romans 15:7 NASB says, “Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”

So how well are we doing at obeying this command?  Do we ever use excuses to try to justify ourselves for our disobedience?   Let’s see if we see ourselves in the following:

  • But she’s different!   Were we not different from God when He accepted us?  Were we not sinners in need of a Savior?  Are we not still different?  But He accepts us anyway and is gracious and loving and kind to us.
  • But she insulted me!   How many of us did NOT insult or grieve God before we were saved?  But He accepted us and forgave us anyway.
  • But she’s dirty.   What kind of filthiness we must have had in our hearts when we came to Him for forgiveness.  And He accepted us and loved us anyway.
  • But she’s not very smart.  Really?  And how smart are we compared to God?  But He, the all-wise God, stooped down and left heaven to take on a body and dwell among us for the express purpose of dying in our place for our sins.

“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”  Rom. 15:7 NASB

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”  Rom. 15:7 NIV

Christ brought praise to God by accepting us.  Will we not also bring praise to God by accepting one another?

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