Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Accept And Affirm Each Other!

The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips increases learning. (Prov. 16:21) 

God commands that we reach out, accept, and affirm one another. This means that we consciously resist the strong current of the stream we are in . . . the one that dictates all those excuses: 
  • "I'm just too busy."
  • "It's not worth the risk."
  • "I don't really need anyone."
  • "If I reach out, I'll look foolish."
The devil's strategy for our times is working. He has deluded us into believing that we really shouldn't concern ourselves with being our brother's keeper. After all, we have time pressures and work demands (that relentless, fierce determination to be number one), not to mention, anxieties prompted by economic uncertainty. And who really needs our help anyway? I'll tell you who---just about every person we meet, that's who. 

Strengthening Your Grip 

Acceptance and affirmation are two very critical ingredients in a person's life. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world and the reality of us living in the fallen world will obligate us to come to terms of not always being accepted and receive affirmation from those around us. 

There was a time in my life when I definitely needed a great deal of acceptance and affirmation and that remains to be true to this day. It was the acceptance and affirmation of those that God has placed around me that has enabled me to grow in my relationship with God. In all honesty, the acceptance and affirmation from those who call themselves Christians haven't always been apparent. Yes friends, it's also possible to not be openly accepted and affirmed within the Christian community. That's part of the reality of the fallen world we live in. 

With that said, the primary source of acceptance and affirmation should rest in God Himself. It is God Himself that created us to begin with. It was God that has given us His seal of approval when He made us. He accepted us with ALL of our flaws and shortcomings. He also affirms us through His Word as we not only read the promises written, but stand on the same promises. Jesus has set the precedent and became the example of acceptance and affirmation among the people of His time when He chose the 12 disciples. He also set the example when He accepted and affirmed Mary Magdalene when the people in her community were ready to stone her for her sins. 

My dear friends, I strongly encourage you to become a Christian in deed and not just in title alone. If we are to be true representatives of Jesus Christ (with emphasis on CHRIST), then we need to do what Jesus did during His ministry on earth in His time. What did He do? He simply accepted and affirmed those around Him regardless of what those in society would say about Him. God will indeed be pleased when we accept and affirm those who are in Christ.

Thank you so much for reading this far friends! May God continue to bless you and keep you in Jesus' mighty name! JESUS LOVES YOU AND SO DO I!!!!. . . . :-).