Assurance of Acceptance

Grace For The Journey

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20July  Most of us are blessed to have people in our lives who accept us with loving and open arms.  Yet not one of them really knows us like God knows us.  Even if our acceptance is found in the holy covenant of marriage, our spouse does not know us like God knows us.  David, writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said in Psalm 139:4, “For there is ot a word on my tongue, but behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.”

Yet the Bible tells us that in spite of being fully known, we have the assurance of being fully accepted by God.

The Bible says in Romans 15:7, “Therefore, receive (accept) one another, just as Christ also received (accepted) us, to the glory of God.”

Take some time to think and meditate on this truth:

God knows everything about us

And through Christ

Still delights in accepting us fully and completely.

He knows all our . . .

  • Defeats and distractions
  • Failures and faithlessness
  • Blemishes and brokenness
  • Covetings and additions
  • Self-righteousness and self-centeredness
  • Idols and insecurities

He knows every one of our sins, each one an affront to His holy, righteous, just, and perfect character.  Yet, in spite of being fully known for the broken sinners we really are, God has accepted us in work of Christ on the cross and the empty tomb, without placing any conditions upon His acceptance.

WOW!

Can you think of anyone in your life right now who, if they knew everything about you, would accept you as freely and fully as God does?

Imagine a video of your last 30 days being played before your closest friends and family members – every action . . . every word . . . every thought . . . every desire . . . being played on the big screen for all to see.  Now that’s a thought to make your stomach turn over, isn’t it?  What would everyone think about you after watching that video?  What would they do with you?  Yet, the God of the universe knows all the details of your life – the good, the bad, and the downright ugly – and still accepts you fully and completely.

What a friend we have in Jesus!

Think about the times you’ve debated with God like Job, denied God like Peter, and doubted God like Thomas.  And yet even in your debate, denial, and doubt, God never stopped accepting you with a love that is as total as it is transforming.  The Bible says in Psalm 36:5, “Your mercy, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.”

But it doesn’t end there!

Because we are fully accepted, we are to accept others – even those we consider unacceptable.

  • Those we dislike we are to accept.
  • Those we judge we are to accept.
  • Those we avoid we are to accept.
  • Those we condemn we are to accept.
  • Those we disagree with we are to accept.

Jesus told us in Matthew 5:44-46, “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and send rain on the just and on the unjust..”

To be sure, we cannot do any of this in our own strength.

That is why we need the power of the Gospel embedded in our hearts.  As we deepen our understanding of the acceptance God grants us in Christ – in spite of how unacceptable we really are – we are empowered to accept others . . . all others.  We might not agree with their lifestyle or behavior but we are to accept them and love them as precious souls created by God for His purpose and glory.

We must remember God is at work in every one of His children, no matter what we might think about them!  And what God began in each one of us He will one day complete (Philippians 1:6).  God is not finished with any of us yet, and He won’t be until we pass into glory; so let us accept others even as we have been accepted . . . if for no other reason than to bring praise and glory to God.

This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey

Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!

Pastor Terry

Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”

Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

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