HOLY HERETIC DEVOTIONAL- Sept. 14, 2016-ACCEPTANCE
Compiled by Holy Heretic Benjamin Foster
“Most people need love and acceptance a lot more than they need advice.” –Bob Goff
A profound sense of acceptance can lead us to many different blessings and epiphanies in our spiritual walk just as a lack thereof can ultimately lead to a closed minded, narrow, and blatantly untruthful view of God’s will. Throughout the bible we’re repeatedly told to accept one another as Christ has accepted us. Many times this is told to us through Paul’s discussions with different early churches. In Colossians 3:13 we see Paul speaking to the church at Colossae telling us and them that we are to forgive our brother’s and sister’s as “The lord has forgiven you.”
In Romans 14 and 15 we again find Paul speaking with the church. Paul is appealing to the Gentile and Jewish population of the Church of Rome to accept one another, show the love of Christ to one another, and to worship together.
“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.” –Romans 14:1
This is an outcry to spare others from our judgment or personal beliefs and to cultivate open and accepting relationships with those who may be ‘weaker in faith’ than ourselves.
However, Paul does not stop there. In Chapter 15:7 , still speaking to the church of Rome, Paul extends the message of acceptance to include everyone when he tells the church: “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”
As we can see here, we are to welcome everyone to worship with us and experience the glory of God despite how we may feel about their personal lives or circumstances. This was an important part of the early church and so it remains in our daily walk with God.
In our everyday lives are we accepting of those who are “weak in faith” while also cultivating relationships with and inviting to those people whose opinions or way of life with which we may not necessarily agree?
Today’s Action: Consider how one may be “weak in faith” and consider how Paul tells us to welcome one another into worship. Try to apply Paul’s words to your own walk with God, wherever you feel like you may have been less than accepting or inviting. Don’t be hard on yourself, just work at bettering your spiritual relationship with God as well as that with your brothers and sisters.
Today’s Sharing: Share how you’ve managed to be more accepting and inviting to not only those who are “weak in faith” but with everyone you come in contact with regardless of their beliefs or ideals. Please comment on our Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/HolyHereticZine
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