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Romans 15:7 Christ’s followers are urged to accept one another as Christ has accepted them. The Greek word translated “accept” or “receive” in English means to take to oneself, to grant access to one’s heart.

Acceptance in a friendship says, “I receive you. You are enough for me. I do not require you to perform to earn my friendship.” Acceptance signals good will, commitment, refusal to reject, and lack of negative judgment.

Personal acceptance of others with different opinions and practices in disputable matters is a foundation for Biblical community (Romans 14:1). How does acceptance build trust? Acceptance is the reassurance necessary to promote vulnerability, truthfulness, transparency.

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