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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