by: carole l. haines
3 The one who eats is not to regard with contempt the one who does not eat, and the one who does not eat is not to judge the one who eats, for God has accepted him. (Romans 14:3 NASB)
For God has accepted you and I. Indeed, God has accepted all who come to Him for salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. I looked up what the word ‘accepted’ means in the original Greek. It is quite Beautiful to imagine this of God towards us:
- to take as one’s companion
- to take by the hand in order to lead aside
- to take or receive into one’s home, with the idea of kindness
- to receive, i.e. grant one access to one’s heart
God has taken each one of us, His Children, as a companion. He has taken us by the hand in order to lead us aside. To come away in the quiet and be with Him alone, so that He can reveal truth to us in our innermost being. And that truth will set us free. God has received us into His own Home. He has invited us in to show kindness to us. And above all these gracious privileges, God has granted us access to His heart. How precious our Beautiful God is.
Therefore, accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. (Romans 15:7 NASB)
Now God has asked us to do the same with one another. So let us go and do the same.