God’s acceptance of us
“Grace is God’s acceptance of us. Faith is our acceptance of God accepting us.”
I friend just sent me a message “know that you are loved’! It is so nice to hear these words especially if they are sincere words. During Corona it can be easy to feel unloved, isolated, lonely, overwhelmed, insecure, inadequate, scared and even hopeless. Maybe you have recently felt rejected, ignored or judged by a close friend, family member or colleague.
God created us with many needs: basic needs like air and water and emotional needs of being loved, affirmed, comforted… Our deepest need, whether felt or not, is to be accepted. And not just by anyone. But to be accepted by God.
Most of us spend our entire lives trying to earn acceptance. We want to yearn for it from our parents, peers, partners in life, people we respect, and even people we envy.
God, by His grace, affirms and accepts us completely! He welcomes us with all our insecurities. Acceptance is God’s gift to us. Our acceptance was guaranteed at the point of Jesus dying for us. Jesus is the reason God accepts us unconditionally. We cannot earn God’s acceptance. We cannot merit it by our behavior or performance.
“Even if my mother and father abandon me, the Lord will take care of me” (Psalm 27:10 GW). He will never forget about or abandon us! He will never run out of mercy! He will never change! We are in a time of huge changes. It is so good to know that He is the stable rock on which we stand.
Knowing we are accepted by God is the best way to draw closer to Him, to know we are accepted and much loved! Anything we could ever have been accused of is nailed to the cross! He is not judging us!
We must choose what we believe: what others say about and to us, or what Jesus says about and to us. He loves us unconditionally and accepts us as we are.
Every day, all through the day, we are invited to receive His acceptance.
I recently experienced rejection from friends I trusted and was reminded of Jesus being betrayed by Judas. He still washed his feet knowing what Judas was going to do. We will experience people not accepting us. We cannot be and are not defined by other people’s negativity or rejection of us.
How would my life be different if I would be able to totally embrace and internalize this truth? I need to practice this truth! I am invited to see myself in Him as myself as God’s beloved!
When we are accepted by God, and we understand this in our souls, our life changes. We find contentment, joy, and peace. We find life.