“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” Romans 15:7
Something that takes a lot of work is accepting others. I know, I have struggled with that for a long time. I still get frustrated when someone thinks differently than I do. But God has called me to love them. They are precious to God, and for that reason alone I should accept them. I don’t have to love their actions because that’s between them and God.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
Without Jesus there is no hope. If he didn’t come, die and rise again, we have nothing. But he did, and that fact is worth shouting about. Now that I know how good and merciful he is I can trust him through anything. That gives me such joy and peace.
“Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for Jesus Christ to be revealed.” 1 Corinthians 1:7
We are learning all the time. God is perfecting us more every day. But he always makes sure we have what we need to keep growing. We do not need to seek to know him more. But God will use everyone and everything around us to do it.
“For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25
God is not foolish or weak. But he is so much stronger than the strong and wiser than the wisest. God knows everything and can do anything. But you know what? He is living inside of us and enables us to have wisdom and strength for anything he wants us to do through us. We can’t brag because it’s him, not us. Isn’t that exciting!
“Therefore, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 10:17
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived, the things God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
We can never know everything God is thinking, and he is thinking more and better things than we know.
“If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved – even though only as one escaping through the flames.” 1 Corinthians 3:15
I want to build that which is solid and stands. I want to do all God has for me. My life is so rich because of this. I want as much as I can get of him here and now. I don’t wish to wait till I get to heaven to experience it all.
“For who makes you different than anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you did not?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
We were all made the same. Blood, bones, muscles and lungs. Yet we are all very unique because we received different life experiences and gifts from God. Not one of us is more special than the next. God loves everyone he has made.