Acceptance is loving others as they are, regardless of the sin in which they’re involved.
God loves people, not programs or good causes. He died for people, not for the cause of world evangelism.
By loving us, even in our rebellion against Him, God demonstrated His acceptance of us. It is accepting love which gives us the motivation and strength to repent of our selfish ways and return to Him. And it is accepting love that reassures us that He cares and understands when we fail.
Through us He has chosen to communicate His kindness, mercy, hope, and forgiveness. We, in essence, become God’s way of saying, “I love you” to a hurt and dying world. This is a task that will keep each of us occupied for a lifetime.
How amazing that God, the Creator of the universe, has chosen to trust us with the message of His salvation.
Trust – that is what we all need.
Trusting love has the power to make people believe in themselves. It releases our true potential and turns us from discouraged failures to those who aspire to great things. It creates an atmosphere which releases creativity and stimulates the imagination. Trust motivates us to work harder than nay program or set of rules could. True trust brings freedoom striving to gain acceptance, since acceptance has already been received. It produces gratefulness toward those who believe in us and wins the loyalty of hearts for a lifetime.
Trust is the key that can unlock a person’s full potential.
THE POWER OF HEALING LOVE
Sin, whether our own or another’s, can scar the emotions. But God’s healing love is able to renew and restore our distorted memories and battered emotions in such a way that we no longer have to suppress our feelings of failure or carry them with us through life. God can forgive us and completely rebuild our emotions.
We all, at some point, need to experience the healing balm of God’s love. Throughout life people hurt us, through thoughtless comments, rejection of our work or ideas, and other ways that leave their mark on our emotions. But we are not left to ourselves, with no hope. God steps into each individual situation with His healing power and gives a fresh start.
HE is the great Creator and Re-Creator. He creates new beginnings for us. He draws a line behind us and forgives everything in the past. He heals the wounds we have accumulated along the way and starts us on a new path.
God’s love gives hope to a despairing nation, brings embittered enemies together, restores alienated friends, unites divided churches, renews backslidden Christians, and gives us all a reason to live.
God’s love can conquer the heart of the hardest criminal, change the lifestyle of a selfish pleasure seeker, set free the most ardent terrorist, and heal the wounds of an abused child. God’s love is the power that can make the difference.
This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. ~1 John 4:9-10
I am now coming face to face with the hardest thing one must do but I trust that He will be there to grant me the strength that I will be needing to do what He needs me to do.
Take my heart and mold it, O God…until it becomes one that would only be after You and You alone.