“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7)
This verse could be my life verse. Let us examine it in three parts. The first part is acceptance, the second part deals with how we should accept others and the third part demonstrates the result of that acceptance. The formula is set out like this:
Accept one another + Jesus Christ’s acceptance = Praise to God.
How do we accept one another? It is easy when people have been good and supportive to you in life. But what about those people who have done the complete opposite? What about those people who give a bad feeling in the pit of your stomach at the mere thought of them? Well if you are feeling the last question towards another child of God, you are not the first or the last one. It is up to you to transform those feelings into positive ones. Through this thought transformation, acceptance occurs regardless of others beliefs, sexual preference or their ethnicity. God made everyone in a unique way. That brings us to Jesus Christ’s acceptance of our lives.
God is all powerful, all seeing and all knowing. Yet he accepts us flaws and all. Beyonce’s song speaks to unconditional love. We don’t know why God loves us. That is why we love Him. He is there when we stumble and fall and He accepts us with all of our flaws. Then God tell us that we are beautiful, for there is no flaw in us. We are complete through Him. Jesus Christ’s acceptance of us has given us the blueprint to accept others. We accept others flaws and all. And it is not about us.
Who is it about? It’s all about God. The result is far reaching and long lasting. By accepting others, the way that Christ accepts us we end up glorifying God through our lives. We are challenged by life’s circumstances. The struggle is essential towards our life’s development. By struggling with God we become refined. God wants us to struggle with Him. It is going to be tough but once you seek Him with all of your heart you will find Him. It’s not about you. It’s not about me. It is about God.