Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness

True love is described in 1 Corinthians 13 as patient, kind, not jealous, doesn’t brag, get provoked, become arrogant, doesn’t seek it’s own way or take into account a wrong suffered rejoices with the truth, bears, hopes and endures all things and never fails.  The only way we can demonstrate this kind of love is to truly make Jesus Lord in our lives.  Then and only then can we see and relate to people as He did.

Acceptance is love in action toward sinners.  Jesus provides the greatest example for us.  Of all the people He related to, sinners seemed most comfortable in His presence.  He accepted them where they were and ministered to their need.  Jesus looks at them as sheep without a shepherd in need of a Savior.  If Jesus is truly Lord, we can do no less.

Forgiveness is simply releasing another from our own personal judgment.  Jesus did not have a condescending attitude toward sinners.  He loved them and was able to see beyond their sin…as should we.