Accept One Another

by Scarlett Stough

For the Scripture References and related Bible Study Guide, go to Bible Study Guide: Love One Another Deeply.

In order to accept one another, as we Christians are exhorted to do, we don't have to accept beliefs we can't agree with or have to approve of the practices of others. We can believe the best and see the best in others without compromising our own beliefs and practices.

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

God loved us before we accepted and believed in him: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8 NIV.)" This is a love God can grow in us; this is a love that must be genuine and sincere, not a put on appearance of a love, but the real deal. This is a love that grows with use, with action on the behalf of the one loved.

From my own experience, and I think it is a common experience, I loved my son before he was born. The love grew as I tended to his infant and childhood needs. Love in action is a love that grows. I accepted him, received him, first. Adoptive parents talk about a similar experience. Our love for those not of our blood or tied by family can also grow as we get to know them and help them as good neighbors do help one another.

Jesus lived out his ministry among everyday people, people who were far from perfect, especially when compared to his own sinless life. He loved them. Those close to Jesus loved him.

He came from heaven to reconcile us to God, not to condemn and punish us for our wicked thoughts and ways. He also came to reconcile us to one another. If we love Jesus, if we desire to be his disciples, we must learn to love one another as he loves us.

*The New Strong’s Expanded Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, 4355, proslambano, translated as "accept" in the NIV and "receive" in the KJV, means,"to take to oneself," suggesting a welcome.

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