“…and dog gone it, Jesus loves you!”

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

Romans 15:7 (NLT)
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.

One of the great things we learn from Paul’s letter to the Romans is the idea of accepting people were they are at. We can see that plainly here. He tells us to “accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” To accept each other means more than grudgingly putting up with each other. We are to welcome other believers, with all their flaws and sins, into our fellowship and treat them as family, just as Christ has accepted us, with all our flaws and sins, into his fellowship and family (NLT Study Bible). Think about when you became a Christian and how Christ accepted you. Did he accept you just the way you were, or did he make you get cleaned up first? Paul answered that question for us way back in chapter 5 when he said, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners” (Rom. 5:8). The point is that Jesus accepts us just the way we are when we come to him. He doesn’t expect us to do the cleanup, but rather he does the cleaning-up. He is incredibly patient with us during this process, and even though he does not accept our sin neither does he drive us away because of it. Consequently, shouldn’t we treat each other the same way that Christ accepts us? Shouldn’t we be patient with new believers who struggle with sin and haven’t arrived yet? Should we expect them to be perfect right away? We ought to treat each other exactly how Christ in his mercy and patience has treated us.

 

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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