“Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God” (Romans 15:7).
I am moved with reverential praise and love for Jesus Christ as I ponder this thought today. “…as Christ also received us….” Christ did not require or demand that we change before He would receive us. Think on this great gift, dear friend. Christ died to save sinners…of whom I am chief. “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief” (1 Timothy 1:15). No merit on our part. No worthiness on our part. It’s still that way you know. God giving to us what we do not deserve. That’s grace! Without it, I’m doomed.
It is wise for us to truly know and remember His unmerited favor. It changes our opinion of our self. It causes us to remember our total in-sufficiency and His complete sufficiency. And it subsequently changes our attitude and love for one another. We begin giving grace to others even though they stumble. We give grace to others who falter and fall. We do not begin accepting or receiving their particular sin—but we accept and receive them. We reflect Christ! We receive them as a brother and a sister. But if we lose sight of what we were (and are) apart from the free and full grace of God through Christ, we will have great difficulty receiving one another.
Take time to reflect and rejoice on what God has given to us through Christ Jesus. It will deflate our pride and open the pathway of ministry opportunity when people sense our sincere love for them. It will change our attitude and action!