Therefore accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.
We who are strong must always be considerate of those who are sensitive to different issues. We must seek to serve them and build them up.
We must accept our fellow believers just as Christ accepted us. Christ came as a servant for the sake of both Jews and Gentiles.
Accept one another as Christ accepted you.
Accepting can be a loaded word. Do I accept everyone who claims to be a christian? How far do I go in “accepting” them?
We are very good at conditional acceptance. “I accept Anglicans, but…” “I accept charismatics, but…”
We may have doctrinal differences or issues over worship styles with some people. We accept them but with an unspoken condition that they aren’t quite as good as we are. Perhaps we see them as the “weaker believer” that Paul talks about in this chapter.
“Accept one another just as Christ accepted you.”
When I was saved, Christ accepted me whole-heartedly. No conditions. No “buts”. Total acceptance.
That means I must accept all christians in that unconditional way. No “A-class” and “B-class” people. They are all “A-class” to Jesus.
When people refuse to accept me because I don’t measure up to their standards, I have to accept them anyway. My responsibility is to receive people as they are. If they are not able to see that they have the same responsibility then that does not let me off the hook. The commandment is unconditional.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for accepting me into your kingdom. I am not perfect, but that does not stop your love. Help me to treat other people in exactly the same way. Show me those whom I overlook or reject and help me to love them with your love. Amen.