TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 06, 2017:
Received with approval or favor; generally approved; widely regarded as normal or satisfactory.
To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the beloved. Ephesians 1:6.
Accept one another, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. Romans 15:7.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Today we see crowds of protestors on the street to take a stand against some recent event or some issue that is not acceptable to them. The world of non-believers is quick to react against something or some person they do not accept, especially if it goes against what they seem to believe or does not match their “ME” philosophy.
When the Apostle Paul was among believers in Jesus he was accepted. But when he was among un-believers he was persecuted verbally and physically. Paul was not accepted because he did not do or act like the un-believers did. He spoke against the sinful things they did and he did not say what they wanted to hear.
The scripture is clear. We are all sinners and as sinners we are unacceptable to God. Ephesians 1:6 tells us that God has provided a way for us to be acceptable. By His grace God gave us His Son Jesus to provide that way. He will make us accepted into His family if we accept Jesus as our Savior.
We may look different, think differently or talk differently, but God loves us all and it is our choice to believe and accept Jesus into our heart or to reject His offer. Please remember, making no decision is to make a decision to reject Jesus as your Savior and His wonderful gift of spending eternity with Him.
We are surrounded daily by people who commit acts of wrong doing and whose behavior is unacceptable. God wants us, as believers, to show kindness to them as a person. We do not need to accept the unacceptable behavior but we need to accept the person so that they can see Christ in us and through us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Philippians 1:21.
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Help me to accept each person that I meet today as one that You love and care for. Help me, by example and with my words, to teach my children, family and friends to accept others and to never be cruel to others who are different than we are.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution and Ministry Director for World Bible Society, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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