Most everybody wants to be accepted. We do and say things to try to fit in and feel bad about ourselves when we find ourselves being rejected.
But when the shoe is on the other foot, it really can be hard to accept other people who are different from ourselves.
Yet, what does God have to say about accepting others?
“Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.” Romans 15:7 NASB
So how well are we doing at obeying this command?
Do we ever use excuses to try to justify ourselves for our disobedience?
Do we ever have thoughts that go something like this?
- “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.
God accepts us when we come to Him humbly in repentance, just as we are,
in all our foolishness, sinfulness, meanness, dissimilarity, and yes, even opposition!
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Rom. 15:7 NIV