You Can Accept A Person Without Approving Of Their Sin – Romans 15:1-13

From my reading in Romans 15:1-13 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

Our culture has pushed the lie that in order to accept someone you must approve of what they do.


This puts Christians in an awkward position. We want to accept everyone equally but we should not approve their sin because the God does not approve it. In one verse Paul gives us the solution. 

“Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” Rom 15:7

How did Christ accept us? He accepted us in spite of our sin. 

Jesus accepts us, not because he approves of our sin, but because he died for it!

That is the essence of the good news. We are accepted even though we are sinful.  Therefore we can accept other sinful people. If you find it hard to accept others then maybe you have not reflected on how much Jesus has forgiven you from! 

We can accept others because we have been accepted by Jesus! 

No matter what you have done you can come to Jesus just as you are and he will accept you and forgive you. If you are willing to repent of your sins and follow him he will save you!

For those of us who have received Christ let this be a reminder to radically accept and love everyone because of how Jesus accepted and loved you! 

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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