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Week 12: Pastor Jeff's Thought of the week, "The Power of Acceptance - Part Three"

Pastor Jeff's Thought of the Week
Week of May 8 - "The Power of Acceptance - Part Three"

 

In our last two installments, we sought to help each believer “accept their acceptance before God.”  
We have seen that our acceptance by God is not based on how good we are but rather how perfect Jesus Christ is!  That is the gospel, that is grace—God doing for us what we could never do for ourselves.  

 

If a believer does not accept his or her acceptance before God based on Christ’s merit, they will be a defeated and frustrated Christian.  Think about the futility of trying to make yourself acceptable to an infinite and perfect God.   It was not possible for your salvation and it is not possible for your sanctification.  You will always fail and your Christian life will be a cycle of:

 non acceptance cycle

This cycle does NOT picture the abundant life that Jesus spoke of in John 10:10, or the rest of Matthew 11:28-30!

 

So, what is the answer?  As believer who has been fully accepted by God based on Jesus’ merits, how do I live a powerful and holy Christian life?   The answer is found in the word GRACE.  By grace you became God’s child (John 1:12) and from that position of acceptance you live the Christian life. You are not seeking to earn God’s love and acceptance; you are living out from the position of God’s love and acceptance.  I don’t serve my wife Lorie seeking to earn her love, but I gladly serve her out of the position of love and acceptance that we have in our relationship.   The Lord Jesus repeatedly taught this concept of obedience from love. 

  • John 14:15   "If you love me, you will keep my commands. (CSB)
  •  John 14:23-24 23 Jesus answered, "If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 The one who doesn't love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me. (CSB)

 The cycle of defeated Christian living is broken as we accept God’s love and acceptance in Christ and then live from that love.  And that is the power of acceptance!


Praise Him Now!

Pastor Jeff


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