Accept One Another

by StephB on June 3, 2011

Christ accepts us right where we are. He doesn’t stand there and accuse us of all our faults and wrongdoings. Instead, he comes alongside us and guides us to where he wants us to go. He takes into account how we were made, or our bent. He understands that some people are outgoing; others are withdrawn. Some like to work with their hands,;others, with people. Some like intellectual pursuits; others rarely dig deep into any topic.

Accepting family members gets down right difficult at times, especially when we don’t agree with their philosophy, lifestyle, or how they hang their toilet paper. Where we differ from them, we tend to do one of two things. We either try to change them, or we criticize them. In the case of adult relatives, we usually just criticize. If we are talking about our own children, we try to change them to fit the mold we have picked out for them. Both of these approaches break the relationships.
Acceptance does not necessarily mean approval. You can accept someone without approving of him or her. God accepts us as we are, but does not approve of all of our actions. Take a look at King David in the Old Testament. God called him a man after his own heart. Once David fought a giant in the name of God and won. Another time he restrained himself when he could have killed Saul, who was persecuting him. But on another occasion, he committed adultery and then murdered the woman’s husband to cover it up. God certainly didn’t approve of adultery or the murder, but he accepted David’s weaknesses along with his heart toward God.

God recognizes that we will never be perfect on this side of heaven. Our parents will not be perfect, we will not be perfect parents, nor will we be perfect family members. In his infinite wisdom, God made an allowance for our imperfections. That allowance is not tolerance; it is forgiveness.

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