Friday, July 16, 2021

Romans 15:7 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Romans 15:7

Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

 

We live in a world where acceptance is confused with approval. We have to accept each other, our faults, our failures, our different personalities, and different likes and dislikes, but we don’t have to approve of each other’s sin. The Bible tells us to speak truth and to speak it in love. It tells us to bear one another’s burdens, not to back them up or encourage them.

 

I think it’s a very fine line between acceptance and approval, and we have to know the difference. It’s important as the Church that the unbeliever or the backslider know that we love them and we accept them as Christ accepted us but that we don’t condone their sin or their actions against God’s Word or His Spirit.

 

I think for me, I always thought that being a Christian was easy and meant putting up with everything and turning a blind eye. On the contrary, it’s extremely tough to look someone in the eye and tell them, “I love you, and so does Jesus, but what your doing is sin.” That doesn’t mean to go around judging and condemning, but rather calling things what they are. We don’t have to do anything more than pull the Bible out and let the Word of God speak for itself.

 

The greatest gift you can give someone is the Truth. The Truth has a name, and it’s Jesus, so let Him guide you into His acceptance instead of just blind approval!!! And by doing this, we bring praise to the Lord who is worthy of all praise!!!! Let’s be a bold people, accepting and acknowledging all Truth in love!!! True Godly acceptance is not approving of sin but rather loving you through it!!!

 

Be accepting, Be honest, Be vulnerable, and Be desperate for Jesus!!!!

 

I love you all. God bless. Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!


 

 

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