The Power Of God’s Acceptance
“He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me. Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? (Isaiah 50:8-9a)
If God be on our side, and grants us mercy and favor through His Son Jesus Christ, who can be against us? If God says His chosen ones are acceptable to Him, can anyone bring charges against them or can anyone condemn them? No indeed! As children of God, we have an answer ready to all accusations and a security to all condemnation! This according to Romans 8:33-34. “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.” This is the power of God’s acceptance we received having accepted Christ into our hearts as Lord and Savior of our lives.
Why then do we spend so much of our time trying to prove ourselves to others and to earn their acceptance? We look first to our family members. We turn to friends, our spouse/partners, co-workers and even the people who are clearly not in our inner circle. We try every strategy – we turn to technology and work it to our advantage. The desire to be accepted by others is more than just skin deep. The influence propels us to say things, act in a certain way, even dress in a particular style or fashion that are clearly not in congruence with a Christ-like character. The choices we make just to be accepted by others can be determined by the kind of restaurant we eat at, the neighborhood we live in all because we are driven by the desire to fit in. We love the feeling of being accepted because after all it’s a boost to ones’ self-esteem.
But beyond all that, what if having done all that you could do and should do, you still……The truth be told, we’ve had our own individual experience with rejection. It could be at the time even though you did all that you could have done, you still did not get the big breakthrough that you yearned for or you just did not get the invitation to that party. Perhaps it was the job promotion that someone else beat you to it. You played by all the rules in the book, and although he/she said the words “I love you” so many times, yet another man/woman was chosen over you. None of that makes sense, it just did not add up!
The greatest antidote to rejection however is the deep knowing within your heart and soul that God loves you unconditionally. He accepts you and justifies you through the blood of His own dear Son. Knowing that God accepts you is your freedom for life from the constant worry about being accepted by others. The critics and skeptics can say all that they want but God never makes mistakes. In fact, He is not capable of ever doing so. You do not have to prove yourself to God to gain His acceptance. Come just as you are and He receives you as His own.
He acts in pursuance of His eternal purpose in bestowing upon us His children by adoption through His Holy Spirit such inestimable blessing of acceptance, and as such, have a right to all the privileges of children. You are the accepted and beloved of God. (Ephesians 1:5-6) Therein lay the power of God’s acceptance!
Hi Anna, wow! This is indeed an honor. We give glory to the most high God, our Heavenly Father who deserves all the praise for His word in the hearts and lives of others. He says blessed are the feet that carry the gospel of Jesus Christ. You are blessed and please convey blessings to your wonderful church family.
You were quoted in one of our lessons in church today! I always take notes in church and put them on Facebook, and today I blogged them too so that you can see how you contributed to all we learned. (Sacrament meeting was about fathers, Gospel Principles was about prayer, and Relief Society was about being accepted by God.)
Nothing else gives me more comfort than knowing that I am loved unconditionally and accepted by God. It is also good to know that I don't have to go about doing things just so that I can prove myself to Him.