Tuesday, March 10, 2009

accepting people

Continuing our thoughts from yesterday about the Warrior series we are in at The Community, I want to share some big ideas with you.  There are a couple of things that will press you forward and help you and others heal from those wounds we have carried for a long time.
 
The first we talked about yesterday was forgiveness and the art of forgiveness.  The second has to do with accepting people.
 

Romans 15:7 (nlt) --- So accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.

 

Often accepting someone just the way they are and not for what they have done is not easy.  It might even be a step past forgiveness.  I have always found when you produce a genuine place of acceptance please will flock to that place and not leave.
 
In our families we have to seek acceptance and give it.  In our relationships it is vital to give and receive acceptance.  From God we have to know that He always accepts us.  Then we have to turn and give acceptance to others.  When we don't accept people at face value, we devalue them and who God made them to be.  In fact, it is at that point that we tell people that they have perform or do what we want them to do so that we will accept them.  That is just wrong.  Getting to heaven isn't based on our performance.  God's love is free and unconditional.
 
If you want to be healed, accept that person that is difficult.  Want that relationship healed?  Accept the other person no matter what.

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