How to Use Acceptance to Bless Others

{Thoughts from a message by Dr. S.M. Davis that challenged our family.}

Acceptance

Mark 10:13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. 16 And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.

  1. Seek to give acceptance to everyone whom God brings across your path

Giving acceptance is a choice you make followed by an action you display.

We will live a life of fulfillment and joy when we spend our lives giving acceptance instead of seeking it. You may ask, how can I communicate acceptance?

Here are 3 ways we communicate acceptance:

  1. Smile
  2. Small talk
  3. Friendly touch
  1. Try to not communicate rejection to anyone

Rejection as well as acceptance is easily sensed by others. The attitudes of those around will reflect whether they are feeling rejection or acceptance. Our Christianity isn’t Christ-like if the only ones we accept are the ones that are just like us.

  1. Try to communicate acceptance even when you can’t give approval.

Hate the sin, love the sinner. Jesus strove to give acceptance to everyone. By His acceptance of the sinner, He portrayed His depth of love for their souls. Yes, His ultimate goal was for them to be saved. However, they weren’t open to His salvation until they saw His love and care for them. We must in the same way seek to be filled with God’s love for others.

How has giving acceptance to others benefitted your life? Please comment.