The following is not original but I felt I needed to share this, I will place references at the bottom. I agree with writer, there’s a huge difference between acceptance and approval. I have friends in my life that accept me but not necessarily approve everything about who I am. I’m just a person, like everyone else…just trying to live my life in a manner that represents my faith and my family. I encourage all of us to be less judgmental and seek to find our similarities and celebrate them. May God’s blessing be abundant to you this very day and moment.
Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. (NLT) ( Romans 15:7 )
Everyone is walking around seeking to be accepted and when it is found, that’s where influence makes a real impact on their lives. Skin color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, intelligence, political beliefs, financial status, are often reasons why we refuse to reach out. Remember this, acceptance is not synonymous with approval, but we are called to love everyone. Does Jesus accept you even though you do things He doesn’t approve of? Absolutely!!! So why would we expect others to change before we can accept them?
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