Romans 15:7 tells us to accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.
My In-laws have always accepted me from day one. I can remember my first time meeting them like it was yesterday. The love displayed toward me was one that I did not expect. I have always felt a part of the family and not just their son’s wife. Their love has always been welcoming!
God has called us all to welcome the stranger on His behalf.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus-Galatians 3:28.
This verse tells us that we are to welcome our brothers and sisters in Christ. This could be welcoming family and friends over for football, or the new family at church, or a simple hello to the stranger in the grocery store.
Let’s not neglect showing love to strangers for we do not know when we entertain angels – Hebrews 13:1.
Merriam-Webster defines welcome as received gladly into one’s presence or companionship. This Godly characteristic is one that is not spoken enough of, in my opinion.
Romans 15:7 tells us to welcome one another in Christ has welcomed us for the glory of God.
However, if we do not know that we are welcomed by God, how can we welcome others?
One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:39: Nothing in all creation can separate us from the love of God. That verse says a whole lot about God’s welcoming character.
There are times I just knew God was done with me. Times I just knew I wouldn’t make it into the kingdom. Times I just knew that God couldn’t love me after this. Yet, 1 Corinthians 1:9 speaks of how nothing can take God’s love always from us. He has called us into fellowship.
When we are sure of our place in the kingdom, we can begin to welcome others!
To all who receive him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12.
There are no other requirements! This should give us the peace and grace to welcome others! Others like us and others not like us.
Then Peter began to speak to them, I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him – Acts 10:34.
Don’t let the enemy keep you from your rightful place in God’s Family.
Don’t let the enemy tell you that you are not good enough to be accepted in God’s family.
Because you are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Tomeka Jones is a higher education professional at her local community college. She has been married to her college sweetheart for 18 years and they are the proud parents of one amazing daughter. In the fall you can catch her on the pitch watching her daughter or watching college football. She loves to tell other women about God’s unconditional love for them. Click here to read more about Tomeka.