ROMANS 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
We have only two choices, accept people, or reject them. When you realize this, it may change the way you treat people.
When we criticize or condemn people, we communicate rejection. When we try to change people, it communicates that they are not good enough for us, that we don’t like them.
What happens when you don’t accept people as they are? It feeds the lie that they are no good and have no value.
When someone feels rejected, they tend to reject those who reject them, and what they represent. So when Christians communicate rejection to sinners, they assume God is rejecting them, and tend to reject God because they think He rejects them.
Whenever you reject someone, you have set yourself up as their judge, something only God is truly qualified to do.
Do you recall what Jesus did for you?
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 NKJV
When we had it all wrong, Jesus made it right. He did not reject us but instead died for us.
People are hurting. Usually they know they need to change, to be better, and to do better. What they have not discovered is a way they can change. That is where we come in.
Only God’s unconditional love can give them the strength they need to have hope.
Every time we meet someone, we are faced with a choice: love them or judge them. The position of a judge has already been taken.
James 4:12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
We therefore can be the beacon of love.
“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” I John 4:7, 11 NKJV
Only God can really change people. Our job is to love them and help them.