Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – November 30, 2014
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7
Acceptance sets the tone in a trusting relationship. It ascribes value by making a friend feel special, especially if someone struggles with wounds from past rejection and hurt. Acceptance is an antidote for guilt and regret. It looks to bring meaning in the moment and doesn’t dwell on former failures. It creates a non-judgmental, safe environment. Like a compassionate nurse, it listens with empathy. Acceptance feels no discrimination or bias.
Who is hungry for your approval and acceptance? Is it a child, a parent, a friend, a co-worker, or fellow Christ follower who needs to feel your warm words of delight in them? To be an unincluded team member is emotional torture. Passive rejection can be worse that blatant rejection. Indeed, an accepting attitude says, “I believe in you,” “I need you,” “I am for you.” You give others the benefit of the doubt. A person who feels approval has nothing to prove. When you love someone with conflicting standards, they tend to ask, “Why me?” Kindly say, “Why not you?”—that will bring praise to God!
“The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them” (Romans 14:3).
Related Readings: Psalm 101:3; John 6:27; Acts 15:8; 1 Thessalonians 2:13
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