The Need for Acceptance
October 7, 2010
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
How many times have you heard someone cry out in frustration, "You just don't understand me!"? Perhaps you have said it yourself.
Not being understood can be emotionally devastating because if we're not understood, we run the risk of being rejected—and lonely. But while we need to be understood, we need also to understand. This is especially important where the love of God is concerned. You see, God fully understands us, individually. Yet, he accepts us as we are! People who feel lonely because they don't feel accepted by God are themselves guilty of misunderstanding! They think God loves the whole world—everybody but them. They don't really know the love of Christ that fully accepts the yielded soul, regardless of what they have done.
How do we know that he accepts us? Romans 5:8 tells us that "…while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." That means, no matter what he understands of you (and as Creator, he understands you fully!), he accepts you as you are. He loved you before the foundations of the world, and accepted you enough to die in your place.
So while we crave to be understood by others, let's not misunderstand the love and acceptance of God that trumps all others! Once we understand who we are in him, we can even extend grace to those who fail to see our best intentions. His love can transform your self esteem!
GOD ACCEPTS YOU, WARTS AND ALL!
MY GIFT TO YOU!
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After listening, you'll be more equipped to live a confident life, knowing the truth and trusting the promises of Christ!