Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, ……
Romans 15:7 (NIV)
Accepting one another is big challenge in the body of Christ today because of our different backgrounds. Others think that they are strong Christians and they can’t accept those whom they think are weak Christians. Sometimes the prejudices of the weak Christian make them suspicious of the strong, as much the pride of the strong Christians make them suspicious of the weak. Neither of them should happen for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Unity in the Body of Christ brings acceptance. The Roman church was unique because it was made up of Jews, Gentiles, slave, free people, rich and etc. It was difficult for them to accept one another.
Accepting means to accept someone the way they are in their hearts without discrimination or favoritism. As believers we should learn to accept one another on the same basis that Christ accepts us, as we are. As the believers reach this level of spiritual maturity, the weak will become strong, and the issue of disputable matters will no longer exist.
To follow Christ is to accept others.
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and although it can be a big challenge, help me to accept others.
This is the fourth in the “Accept One Another” series of blog posts and is written by Pastor Alick Kalonga, Executive Director of CEMFIN, PEER Servants Zambian partner.