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)
Accepting one another as Christ accepts us, means choosing to love, regardless of the former reasons that may have kept us apart. Our charge is to choose to love. Love does not tear down because of differences of opinions, lifestyles, philosophies, or the like. Christ is our ultimate example, and He chose those whom society would have considered ill-equipped to partner with the Son of God. If Christ can welcome those whom the world did not, shouldn’t we? God does not call the equipped, He equips the called. Every one of us who seeks the Lord and grants Him access to our heart and life, is able to walk in His will and choose to love and welcome those around us. Each day, each hour, and every moment, it is a choice. May we ever seek the Lord to grant us His heart and His eyes for those around us so that we accept and welcome one another as He does for us.
The Lord is calling,
For us to rise up;
To love each other,
Fill each other’s cup.
May we choose partner,
With God and accept;
All those around us,
None more and none less.
For in the same way,
God’s love knows no bounds;
We’re asked to choose love,
So His love is found.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have shown us over and over again how to accept and partner with one another. You did not call people who had it all together, but rather You equipped those whom You called. Forgive us for the times that we have avoided accepting or partnering with others because their views did not align with our own. Teach us to seek and trust You to lead us in love. Show us how to love in a way that accepts others and builds them up, just as You do for us. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You to lead us in loving and accepting those around us as You do. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
A new command I give to you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. – John 13:34