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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Stay Healthy By Accepting Others BY RICK WARREN — JUNE 18 Sunday
“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, the Bible teaches that we should seek the support of others, such as your small group. It’s very difficult to get and maintain good health just working by yourself.
And we get support by giving support. The Bible teaches us to accept one another unconditionally, just as Christ has accepted you and me 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 will make your group a safe environment, where people are not afraid to express their fears and doubts or talk about their struggles. And that will help each of you to experience lasting change in your lives.