Reflection, Elba Ramirez

"Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be giving glory" Romans 15:7

When someone is different than us, we often stay away from them because of their differences.  What if their differences are something we disagree with? Shouldn't we accept them anyway?  Often, we confuse acceptance and approval, but the two are not the same.  Everyone wants to be accepted and if others don't feel that from us, then how could we ever show them that Jesus Christ accepts them? 1 Corinthians 12:25 also reminds us "there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another." With so much going on in the world let’s continue to keep our focus on Christ and love one another the way he loves us even when we were the worst of sinners.