“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” (Romans 15:7 NIV)
God accepts us, despite our messy lives, impure motives, and irritating attitudes. One of the ways we reflect God’s love and bring him glory is to accept each other just as he accepts us. This means we accept others’ quirks and look past their faults in order to see a person created in the image of God.
To make the changes in your life that lead to health, you’ll need the support of your Daniel Plan group or your small group. You can’t get healthy on your own. To have that kind of critical support through your group, you’ll need to accept one another unconditionally, just as Christ has accepted you unconditionally.
The Bible says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).
This acceptance makes your Daniel Plan group a safe environment, where people are not afraid to express their fears and doubts or talk about their struggles and where lasting change is facilitated.
Talk It Over
What are the events from your past that make it hard for you to believe God accepts you?
Why do you think people are more likely to change after, rather than before, they find acceptance?
What will be the hardest thing to share with your Daniel Plan group? Ask God to help you let down your walls so you can be vulnerable and transparent with your group.