“God alone made it possible for you to be in Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made Christ to be wisdom itself. He is the one who made us acceptable to God.”1 Corinthians 1:30 NLT
Acceptance is one of the basic motivators of life. In human terms, we will go to almost any extreme to be received with pleasure and approval by our parents, family, and peers.
The positive reinforcement we receive from acceptance is a tonic that stimulates us to do more and more of the things that earn this approval, and hopefully, less and less of the things that are not acceptable to those whose acceptance we seek.
When the affirmation of acceptance is not received within the home, family, or friends through positive means, we sometimes go seeking it in all the wrong places, often with disastrous results.
A positive self-image is acquired by receiving ourselves with pleasure and approval. It is a good thing to feel good about ourselves, and to be secure about who we are and where we are going–when it is from a Divine perspective.
Divine acceptance is another basic need of everyone. Like it or not, security and our peace is never going to be complete, unless we receive the positive reinforcement from a right relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4.) God’s acceptance is no longer based on our obedience to the law, but on the obedience of Jesus Christ.
By virtue of our faith in Jesus Christ, we become unconditionally loved, forever forgiven, and totally accepted by God. We receive the positive reinforcement of becoming joint heirs with Christ, and receive the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. What a tonic this is!
Father, thank You for the acceptance I have in You, and the peace and joy that this brings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“And may the Lord our God show us his approval.” (Psalm 90:17)
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”(Romans 12:2 – NKJV)
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