What does it look like if someone is different than you? Does different mean that someone doesn’t do the same things as you? Does different mean that someone doesn’t talk the same way you do? Just what does different look like? And…is it possible for you to accept those who are different than you?
I look today to 2 passages: (1) “Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory.” (Romans 15:7) (2) There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28)
Devotional Thought: Can you accept those that are different than you? The vast majority of people today, just like the centuries before us, are different in their own ways than each of us. We need to learn to accept the differences of others…the faults of others…accept that others don’t always like the same things that you do. Yet through all of this…even when ill-feelings rise to the top…we can trust that God has accepted our faults…our differences. Seems to me that it doesn’t matter how different someone is from me. What is important is whether they love the one who chose the cross? And, if they love Jesus…and if you and I love Jesus…can you and I in turn love each and everyone of those who differ from us?