One of the most amazing, wonderful, powerful, fantastic, blessed, awesome things for Christians is that we are fully accepted by God. When an individual (don’t care who you are, what you look like, what you have or not have, how stupid, gross or disliked you think you are) humbly bows before Jesus Christ and invites Him into to their heart and confess Him as their Lord and Savior, they are eternally saved…completely accepted past, present and future. 2 Cor. 5:17 declares, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. Romans 8:1 states very powerfully, There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2Cor. 5:21amazingly exclaims, 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. We have been placed “in Him (Christ Jesus).” God looks at us through His Son and judges us not guilty…always and forever! We are fully, accepted. There is no condemnation. I am afraid that the devil deceives us (he’s such a liar!) and get us on the performance trap. Throw that untruth off. If you have come to Christ you are FULLY ACCEPTED not based on what and how much you do!! Grace and mercy!
Now then, as believers, He challenges us to accept others. Get a hold of this electric verse, Romans 15:7, Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. How did He command us to “accept one another”? Accept others “just as Christ accepted you.” If you choose to do this, the Lord get’s in on the action. “It brings praise to God.” If His church across the world started accepting others as Christ does, how would it change our world! Let’s all have the prayer, Lord, “Start with me.”
We are totally accepted by God because of Jesus. Now, let’s look like Jesus to the world, and accept them just as Christ would.