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Week 15: Pastor Jeff's Thought of the Week, "The Power of Acceptance - Part Six"

Pastor Jeff's Thought of the Week
The Power of Acceptance – Part Six

Why Others Reject Us

Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted you, to the glory of God.
(Romans 15:7 CSB)

We noted last week that Romans 15:7 is a grand slam verse when it comes to applying God’s acceptance in our lives.

First, this verse reminds us that we have truly been accepted by Jesus. This theme has been the topic of the last five articles in case you missed them or need to be reminded. The base line, the foundation, the starting point of the Christian life is that by Jesus’ work you are now accepted by God, reconciled and standing “holy, faultless, and blameless before him” ( Col. 1:22)

Second, this verse teaches that we are to accept others in the same way that Jesus accepted us. We have a supernatural resource for accepting others. As you accept your acceptance in Christ, you have the foundation, the motivation, the role model, and the power for accepting others. You don’t reject others because Jesus did not and does not reject you. This dynamic is pictured in the diagram below.

This understanding now brings us to the third reason Romans 15:7 is a grand slam verse when it comes to acceptance. To discover this third reason let's use a logic exercise:
 The Premise: We are accepted by God in Christ due to Jesus’ work
 The Outcome: We are to accept others the same way Jesus accepted us
 The Question: Based on the premises and outcome of Romans 15:7, how will a believer accept others if
     they have not accepted their acceptance in Jesus?
 The Answer: A believer who has not accepted his or her acceptance will accept others just as Christ
    accepted them. In other words; If they still feel rejected by God, if they still believe that God is dealing with
    them as Children of wrath, if they believe that God’s love is conditional based on their performance, that is
    exactly how they will treat others. The believer who does not rest in the finished work of Christ is always
    striving for God’s acceptance and can never attain it.

On a “good day” when, in their minds they have kept the necessary rules and standards they feel pride in their fleshly attainments. However, on most days they feel a sense of guilt, and frustration. After all, they can’t please a perfect and infinitely holy God.

They are like the church at Galatia, Galatians 3:3 (NKJV) 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Now here is the big lesson:
Those who feel rejected by God, reject others!

They don’t know the joy of the grace of the Gospel. They “accept” as they feel “accepted." Because their acceptance by God is conditional based on performance, their acceptance of others is based on performance. That is why legalism and a judgmental attitude are two sides of the same coin.

You can rest assured that:
• Those who judge you, and rate you based on extra biblical criteria
• Who are not patient with you in your growth
• Who judge your motives
• Who are quick to correct and “set you straight “
• Who speak sarcastic words that put you down and don’t build up; are only accepting you as they feel accepted by God. They can’t express to you what they have not experienced in Christ. They are simply relating to you as they believe God relates to them in conditional love!

Understanding this dynamic can go a long way in helping you not be a victim to their poison. Next week in our final installment on acceptance, we will learn how to process more fully the rejection of others. Until then, rejoice that you are accepted by God in Christ, and reflect that grace to those who reject you.

Rejoicing in Him
Pastor Jeff

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