Lures for Fishing
Be Accepting – Part 2
Scripture Reading: Romans 15:5-8
Key Verse: Romans 15:7
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
Our Key Verse for yesterday and today reminds us that we are to be accepting of each other because it is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Why is it fitting? It is fitting because of God’s acceptance of us. Isn’t it logical that if God, with His holy nature, can accept us in our fallen natures, that we should accept those around us, even in their fallen natures?
It is true for all Christ followers that it is very difficult to be around people who freely and without restraint live a sinful lifestyle. Their words are cruel and crass. Their thinking can be perverse and lustful. The list is endless of the ways people without Christ can sin! It is always more comfortable for God’s people to seclude themselves—with themselves—and avoid having to be around sinful behavior. The problem is: “those people” need the Lord. The Bible tells us that we are ambassadors of Christ. We are to be Christ’s “hands and feet” to them. We cannot influence people far from God to take steps closer to God by refusing to associate with them. That’s obvious stuff! We don’t have to participate in their sin to participate in their lives!
Father, with your help, I am going to be accepting of all people today! Help me to show them your love. In Jesus’ name, amen.