7 Christ has accepted you. So accept one another in order to bring praise to God. 8 I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews. He teaches us that God is true. He shows us that God will keep the promises he made to the founders of our nation. 9 Jesus became a servant of the Jews. He did this so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercy. It is written, “I will praise you among the Gentiles. I will sing the praises of your name.” (2 Samuel 22:50; Psalm 18:49) 10 Again it says, “You Gentiles, be full of joy. Be joyful together with God’s people.” (Deuteronomy 32:43) 11 And again it says, “All you Gentiles, praise the Lord. Let all the nations sing praises to him.” (Psalm 117:1) 12 And Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will grow up quickly. He will rule over the nations. The Gentiles will put their hope in him.” (Isaiah 11:10) 13 May the God who gives hope fill you with great joy. May you have perfect peace as you trust in him. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.
Accept one another, just as Jesus accepted you. So that God would be praised. It’s a pretty clear and simple message. Jesus came as a Jew to fulfil the prophecies spoken of him, the Messiah. But he also came, died and rose again for the gentiles. For all people. Anyone who believes in their heart and confesses with their mouths that Jesus is Lord, will be saved.
So this message remains the same today for us today. The good news of new life in Jesus is for everyone. And we who believe are to be the messengers. So let’s endeavour to accept (what does it mean to accept? My definition is to love, to welcome in and to be hospitable and inclusive) everyone and take opportunities to share with everyone, so that they may know the message and have new life too.
And what if they don’t accept us or our message? I believe it’s clear that we are to keep accepting and loving so that God’s name will be praised. That his people reflect his character – he does not reject – whilst someone is on earth his offer of acceptance remains unchanged.
Jesus help me never to presume that someone is not interested in you because of their race, culture, intellect, past behaviour or anything else. Help me to love, accept and to reach out to all people, and to share your message of good news and hope.
Written by Zoe Stewart