Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. – (Romans 15:7, NIV)
Christ accepted you, so you should accept each other. This will bring honor to God. – (Romans 15:7, ERV)
You will bring God glory when you accept and welcome one another as partners, just as the Anointed One has fully accepted you and received you as His partner. – (Romans 15:7, TPT)
To love one another, we must accept one another, flaws and all. There will never be another human that is perfect in every way. We are all a work in progress. God calls us to love and acceptance, which means that we recognize and value others for who they are. When we see, know and accept one another, we recognize the strengths that others possess and can celebrate the gift that they are to us. Though not all whom we encounter will become our closest friends, we can still accept one another and extend kindness, just as Jesus has done for us. As we do, Christ’s love is made evident and His peace permeates the spaces we are in. May we ever seek to accept one another as Christ accepts us, just as we are, no matter what shape we are in.
Lord, show us the way,
To extend love true;
Accept each other,
Value through and through.
For love’s clearly shown,
As hearts are received;
With kind acceptance,
Extensions of peace.
Lead us Lord Jesus,
To love as You do;
So all feel valued,
As Your heart shines through.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You first accepted and loved us so that we might go forth and do the same. Thank You that as we seek to see others through Your eyes, we begin to understand the treasure that each person is to You. Forgive us for every time that our words, thoughts or deeds have not clearly reflected Your love and acceptance to those around us. Teach us how to love and accept one another as You do. Show us how to meet each person where they are at and see the strengths that You have placed in them with purpose. Lead us to love like You. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to show us how to accept and love all whom You place on our path. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. – Ephesians 4:2