“May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, so that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Romans 15:5-6 NIV
The Roman church was a diverse community. It was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slaves and free people, rich and poor, strong and weak. So it was difficult for them to accept one another. Accepting means taking people into our homes as well as into our hearts, sharing meals and activities, and avoiding racial and economic discrimination. We must go out of our way to avoid favoritism. Consciously spend time greeting those you don’t normally talk to, minimize differences, and seek common ground for fellowship. In this way you are accepting others as Christ has accepted you, and God is given glory. (Tyndal Study Bible)
Two things come to mind when reading this scripture and commentary.
Firstly, before being saved, I used to look down on people. I thought I was better than other people. Just because I have a touch more talent than the next person does not make me a better person. Better at business or sports does not automatically make me a better person. I ministered for a long time at a house with street people and drug addicts; some were infected with AIDS. Think of showing genuine affection to such people. A hug goes a long way, not easy when AIDS infects the person. Today I love unconditionally and can deal with all these challenges. Why because accepting Jesus in my life has softened my heart. I care today for all and everyone. It has been one of the most significant attitude changes I have ever experienced. I am a better person for it.
The next thing, I have done some horrible things in the past. Some of them society accepts today. That does not mean God has to accept them. He will forgive yes but won’t accept. The Bible is very clear that sin leads to death. Good leads to riches in all areas of your life. You see God does not discriminate in any way. He forgives all no matter what you did. Can you believe that? I can’t believe that I have been given a second chance. I will always be immensely grateful, for it. It’s our job as members of the Body of Christ the Church to share that message with the world. With all of those that don’t believe, because it’s so amazing. That will also make you a better person.
“Lord, may Your teaching influence me and others. Amen.”