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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

God Tells Me I’m Accepted

In summary of Romans 15:7 it says, "Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory."

Bottom line:
Accept one another, as Christ has accepted you.  Do this for the glory of God.

What this means to me:

I am to welcome and accept others, regardless of how I want to feel about them.  I do this because Christ has welcomed and accepted me.  When I do this, I bring glory and honor to God. I have spent a considerable amount of time trying to earn acceptance. I’ve wanted to earn it from my parents, peers, partners in life, from people I respect, maybe even from people I envy. This drive to be accepted is a deep drive that can influence the way I dress, what I drive, where I live and even my career.  I would pursue acceptance because I wanted to know that, I'm OK, and I'm accepted.  Acceptance does a tremendous thing for your self-esteem. The truth I need to remind myself about is that Jesus accepts me and that his acceptance is not based on your performance. I do not need to earn his acceptance; I do not  have to prove myself to him. The good news is that Jesus Christ, has already accepted me.

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