* The definition of accept, acceptable, acceptance
The meaning of accept is to receive or approve with favor; dynamic equivalent of justify
* What is socially acceptable is not always right
The fact that a custom is socially acceptable does not mean it is wise or right. You will be spared much heartbreak if you look at the potential consequences, to you or others, of your actions. Are you doing anything now that might cause future problems? (NLT)
Genesis 30:4-13– So Rachel gave him Bilhah to be his wife, and Jacob slept with her. Bilhah became pregnant and presented him with a son. Rachel named him Dan, for she said, “God has vindicated me! He has heard my request and given me a son.” Then Bilhah became pregnant again and gave Jacob a second son. Rachel named him Naphtali, for she said, “I have had an intense struggle with my sister, and I am winning!”
Meanwhile, Leah realized that she wasn’t getting pregnant anymore, so she gave her servant, Zilpah, to Jacob to be his wife. Soon Zilpah presented him with another son. Leah named him Gad, for she said, “How fortunate I am!” Then Zilpah produced a second son, and Leah named him Asher, for she said, “What joy is mine! The other women will consider me happy indeed!”
* Jesus accepts you as you are
The Good News about Jesus is that he comes to all, including the plain and the ordinary. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept Him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. Don’t think you need extraordinary qualifications–He accepts you as you are. (NLT)
Luke 2:9-10 – Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone!”
* Help the rejected feel accepted.
Today, both believers and nonbelievers may drive away those who do not fit the norms dictated by our society, neighborhoods, or churches. Often, as in Jephthah’s case, great potential is wasted because of prejudice–a refusal to look beyond ill-conceived stereotypes. Look around you to see if there are potential Jephthahs being kept out due to factors beyond their control. As a Christian, you know that everyone can have a place in God’s family. Can you do anything to help these people gain acceptance for their character and abilities? (NLT)
Judges 11:3 – So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Soon he had a large band of rebels following him.
* Many won’t accept your faith
Even Jesus himself was not accepted as a prophet in his hometown. Many people have a similar attitude–an expert is anyone who carries a briefcase and comes from more than 200 miles away. Don’t be surprised when your Christian life and faith are not easily understood or accepted by those who know you well. (NLT)
Luke 4:24 – [Jesus said] “But the truth is, no prophet is accepted in his own hometown.”
* Many find it difficult to accept Jesus
It was so difficult for the people to accept Jesus as the Son of God that they tried to come up with other solutions–most of which sound quite unbelievable to us. Many thought that he must be someone who had come back to life, perhaps John the Baptist or another prophet. Some suggested that he was Elijah, the great prophet who did not die but was taken to heaven in a chariot of fire. Very few found the correct answer as Peter did. For many people today, it is still not easy to accept Jesus as the fully human yet fully divine Son of God. People are still trying to find alternate explanations–a greater prophet, a radical political leader, a self-deceived rabble-rouser. None of these explanations can account for Jesus’ miracles or especially his glorious resurrection–so these realities, too, have to be explained away. In the end, the attempts to explain away Jesus are far more difficult to believe than the truth. (NLT)
Luke 9:7-8 -When reports of Jesus’ miracles reached Herod Antipas, he was worried and puzzled because some were saying, “This is John the Baptist come back to life again.” Others were saying, “It is Elijah or some other ancient prophet risen from the dead.”
* God accepts anyone who turns to him
This parable is not about rewards but about salvation. It is a strong teaching about grace, God’s generosity. We shouldn’t begrudge those who turn to God in the last moments of life, because, in reality, no one deserves eternal life.
Many people we don’t expect to see in the Kingdom will be there. The criminal who repented as he was dying will be there along with people who have believed and served God for many years. Do you resent God’s gracious acceptance of the despised, the outcast, and the sinners who have turned to him for forgiveness? Have you ever been jealous of what God has given to another person? Instead, focus on God’s gracious benefits to you, and be thankful for what you have. (NLT)
Matthew 20:15 – [Jesus said] “Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be angry because I am kind?”
* Accepting only parts of Scripture
God had promised throughout Scripture that he would reach the nations. This began with his general promise to Abraham and became very specific in Malachi’s statement: “But my name is honored by people of other nations from morning till night.” But this was an extremely difficult truth for Jews, even Jewish believers, to accept. The Jewish believers understood how certain prophecies were fulfilled in Christ, but they overlooked other Old Testament teachings. Too often we are inclined to accept only the parts of God’s Word that appeal to us and support our own agendas, ignoring the teachings we don’t like. We must accept all of God’s Word as absolute truth. (NLT)
Acts 11:8 – “Never, Lord,’ I replied. ‘I have never eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws.’
* God unconditionally accepts us
These two unchangeable things are God’s promise and his oath. God embodies all truth, therefore, he cannot lie. Because God is truth, you can be secure in his promises; you don’t need to wonder if he will change his plans. Our hope is secure and immovable, anchored in God, just as a ship’s anchor holds firmly to the seabed. To the true seeker who comes to God in belief, God gives an unconditional promise of acceptance. When you ask God with openness, honesty, and sincerity to save you from your sins, he will do it. This truth should give you encouragement, assurance, and confidence. (NLT)
Hebrews 6:18-19 – So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence.
This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God’s inner sanctuary.
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