Accepted in the Beloved

Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly [places] in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.-Ephesians 1:3-6

Accepted: (5487) charitoo {khar-ee-to’-o} to make graceful: charming, lovely, agreeable; to peruse with grace, compass with favour; to honour with blessings.[i]

Do ever wonder about cliques? In high school you have many cliques. One is the Goths. As long as you dress like they do, listen to their music they will accept you. Why is it so much harder in church? A person gets saved or transfers by letter and yes they are a member but are they accepted? Are they sitting in “your seat”? Maybe their taste in music is a little different (if it’s not country it’s not gospel kind of thingJ. Just kidding) we may shake their hand, say something nice like welcome, brother then ignore them for the rest of the day? Do we make people feel welcome and accepted not just in word but action? Do we invite them over for Sunday dinner? Call them on the phone just to see how they are doing? Lest you think I am just ranting look at the last part of the above quote, verse 6:

To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

God, a holy God who hates sin in His grace and mercy sent His only begotten Son to suffer and die for us so we can be accepted in the beloved. We are not worthy of the honor of being accepted by God but it was the “pleasure of His will” to make us so. He knew us when we were not so lovable and took the initiative to make us clean and acceptable by the act of salvation we are cleansed and can stand before God. Think about that. If we are holy and without blame it is only because God imputed Christ’s righteousness to us:

Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. –Romans 4:23-25

God in His grace made us accepted, and he made others accepted also, so we should try a little harder to accept each other, warts and all. This does not mean we will not have disagreements or that we have to accept sin, but as that great preacher of yesteryear, Curtis Hudson, said:

There are things I would die over. There are things I would fight over that I would not die over. There are things I would fuss over that I would not fight over. There are things I would not even fuss over.

On close examination there are things worth dying over that I would never change and would never deny (the virgin birth of Jesus, His sinless life, His vicarious death and bodily resurrection are all facts that I will not be moved off of) but we will find 95% of what we fight over is not even worth fussing over. So why fight or fuss? Save your fights for the battles that matter. This will make it a lot easier to accept those with minor differences.


[i] Blue Letter Bible. “Dictionary and Word Search for ‘charitoo (Strong’s 5487)’ ” . Blue Letter Bible. 1996-2002. 23 May 2007. http://www.blueletterbible.org/cgi-bin/words.pl?word=5487&page=1

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