June 3: Accept Others as Christ Accepted You
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Ancient Rome had a lot of diversity. As the Roman Empire spread, people from many different backgrounds, cultures, education, and status moved into this major city. With so much diversity and so many different perspectives within the city, there was sure to be some level of tension. Paul did not want to see the Christians in Rome experience this tension.
Romans 15:5 reads, May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
The NLT Life Application Study Bible notes, “The Roman church was a diverse community. It was made up of Jews and Gentiles, slave and free, rich and poor, strong and weak. So it was difficult for them to accept one another. Accepting means taking people into our homes as well as into our hearts, sharing meals and activities, avoiding racial and economic discrimination, and going out of our way to avoid favoritism. How can you accept others as Christ has accepted you?”
READING & JOURNALING:
Not everybody lives in a city or community as diverse as ancient Rome. How regularly do you find yourself avoiding others who look, think, vote, spend, worship, or live differently than you?
How can you more intentionally accept others from different backgrounds and cultures in the same way Christ has accepted you?
Heavenly Father, I confess there are a lot of thoughts that come to mind when I think of the word diversity. Generally speaking, I find that I prefer to be with others who look, think, vote, worship, and live similarly to myself. But this isn’t the full life You’ve called me to live, as You’ve invited me to live in harmony with all other Christians. Help me see all others as You do. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
The F260 is a Scripture Reading Plan designed to read through the foundational passages of the Bible through a year (September 2019 – August 2020). It is a separate reading from the daily devotional but is included for those who would like to engage with the Scriptures on a deeper level throughout the year.
Read: John 20 & 21
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