Barbara Higby

Acceptance Unearned

Let’s Talk about Grace, #3

It’s a joy to be accepted—into a program, onto a team, as an organizational member, in a new job position, as a friend in a new environment. We bring our best to the table—our merits, our experience, our strengths, our personal value.

When we came to Jesus, we brought nothing to be proud of and we still bring nothing. Yet, He completely accepts us without reserve. There’s no weighing pros and cons, no application forms, no best foot forward. His love compels Him and His grace seals the deal.

Such acceptance, such grace is humbling. We even resist receiving it, unnecessarily trying to prove ourselves. How great is the Father’s love that He accepts us as His children!

Will we stretch to show the same grace? Will we “accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment?” (Rom. 14:1) Will we “bear with the failings of the weak” to please our “neighbor for his good, to build him up?” (Rom. 15:1-2)

Or we will wait until it’s deserved, when our demands are met, and the boxes are checked? As recipients of unearned acceptance and generous grace, let’s make Paul’s words part of our lives:

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Rom. 15:7).

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