7 Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7)
To receive, to take into your home, to take by the hand and lead aside; these things Christ does for us. And here, in Romans 15, He asks us to do the same for one another. I looked up the original Greek on the word, “accept” and found the above meanings. To receive, show hospitality to, to bring into your home with the idea of showing kindness to them, to grant Access to One’s heart; again, these things Christ does for us, and asks us to do for one another. Share a meal, offer friendship, let us take the time to do so for one another in the Body of Christ.
Let me share the verses that come directly before this one:
4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
More than any other source, God uses people’s kindness to one another to demonstrate the hope we have in Christ. The way we treat one another is a window into the heart of God, through which the world peers. The World is window shopping for hope, and Christ is the only source.
5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus,
Unity is the crown upon the Head of Christ. People will see Christ, and know that we are His disciples, when we have love for one another (John 13:34-35). Let us shine His love to the world, through the way we treat one another.
6 so that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Indeed, let us love one another. Let us offer friendship, show kindness, offer hospitality to one another in the Body of Christ. The world is Window shopping, dear friends. May they see in our hearts, homes, and churches, the kind of love and acceptance that only Christ can offer. Let us be His love to a lost and fallen world.