“God Accepts Us; Let Us Accept One Another” (Romans 15: 5 – 6, HCSB) by Carley Evans


God gives endurance. He builds hope through endurance. He gives encouragement and instruction through His Word. God allows us to live in unity and harmony with one another “with a united mind and voice” glorifying Him.

God fills us with joy and peace. He makes our hope overflow.

God gives us grace. He shows us His mercy.

God accepts us.

“Therefore, let us no longer criticize one another. Instead decide never to put a stumbling block or pitfall in your brother’s way.” (Romans 14: 13)

“Therefore accept one another, just as the Messiah also accepts you, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15: 7)

“But you, why do you criticize your brother? Or you, why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before the tribunal of God. For it is written: ‘As I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow to Me, and every tongue will give praise to God.’ So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.” (Romans 14: 10 – 12)

Rather than criticize, you ought to live in harmony. If you have a conviction, says Paul, you should “keep it to yourself before God.” (Romans 14: 22) Paul encourages the pursuit of “what promotes peace and what builds up one another.” (Romans 14: 19)

Therefore, accept your brothers and sisters in the Lord. Do not criticize. Instead, join together with them to praise our God, who gives us endurance, encouragement, hope, peace, and joy.

“Get Dressed Already!” (Colossians 3: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans


We are “God’s chosen people,” writes Paul. As such, we are heading to a banquet. Paul says, “Get dressed already! For what are you waiting?”

He says to us that we are changed on the inside, and past time to change on the outside!

“Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another.” (Colossians 3: 12 – 13)

Paul expects us to accept one another — not try to change one another. He tells us that “above all, put on love — the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3: 14) In acceptance, we find forgiveness. “If anyone has a complaint against another,” they are to forgive the other, “just as Lord forgives.” (Colossians 3: 13)

“Whatever [we] do, in word or in deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus;” and as such fulfill the law of love. (Colossians 3: 17) Once we are dressed in compassion, kindness, patience, gentleness, humility and love, our relationships will be dressed for the wedding feast.