What Is Acceptance?

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. - Romans 15:7

Jesus didn’t just tolerate us. He didn’t step onto our planet just to put up with us. He deeply embraced us. It says in the book of Hebrews that he is not ashamed to call us brothers and sisters (Heb 2:11).

So what might it look like for you to accept others in the same way Jesus accepted you? Perhaps take some time to ponder what his acceptance means to you. Pray for the kind of grace to accept others that way today. And as you do, let this blessing rest on you, just as Paul laid it on the church in Rome after challenging them to this new level of accepting one another:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)