Acceptance and Belonging

Romans 15:7 tells us, “Therefore accept one another just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God.”


Do you long for acceptance and belonging?

I know that I do. We as humans generally want to feel that we are a part of something, we need to know that we have a place. We need loving acceptance to welcome us in relationships. The Lord created us with desire for relationship but finding acceptance and belonging can be a struggle. All of the issues that keep us imprisoned in loneliness leave us without the belonging and acceptance we so desperately need.

Paul tells us in Romans 15:7 that we are to accept one another. And we are to do this because of what Jesus did. He is our perfect example. He accepted us by His grace. He died for us and brought glory to His Father. We too can bring glory to God by living out grace in our lives as Jesus did.

We are called to accept one another even though we recognize many differences among us; different looks, different viewpoints, different beliefs, different perceptions, different ways of understanding and on and on it goes. Even so we are to emulate Jesus in showing patience to each other and in showing forbearance for each other. We are to show the same love that the Lord has showered on us.

The Bible speaks a lot about the importance of unity, and as you probably well know that does not come easily. It is only through the love and acceptance of Jesus and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit can we have unity. Unity is not born out of sameness in background. It is born out of the love that Holy Spirit pours into our hearts, and the grace we learn to share as we come to know Jesus in deeper ways. We all come from different backgrounds and have had many different experiences. The common thread for Christians is the Gospel. And it is as we grow in our faith, we grow in our desire to live out Christ-like love and acceptance to others.

Living out love and acceptance in the church, in the Christian community is what Paul is speaking of. He does not say that it will be easy, but he does make it clear that it is possible as we depend on the Holy Spirit. Paul knew the Truth, he knew the reality of God’s grace. He knew full well how his life had been transformed, how his heart had done a 180 degree turn around. Only in God’s power. The Lord led Paul’s heart to a place of peace, and to a desire for fellowship. Following this miracle in his heart, Paul wanted nothing more that to see the church, the body of Christ to grow in peace and unity.

So, it is as we seek the Lord and depend on the Holy Spirit, He will empower us to develop hearts wiling to accept others with Christ-like love. We desperately need the love of Christ in our hearts, the power of His grace, and the leading of the Holy Spirit to help us develop unity in our churches and to grow places filled with people who want to accept others because they have found acceptance in a loving Savior.

Belonging, acceptance, and community bring about an atmosphere where we are willing to carry one another’s burdens and weaknesses, trials, afflictions, and infirmities. This grows out of hearts filled with love. It is in a community of hearts filled with God’s love that we can begin to feel safe to share in authenticity.

When we are stuck holding our shame inside, walls are constructed that keep us separated. But when we are free to share our struggles, confess our sins, and be honest regarding our suffering, we open the doors to the possibility of finding community. We need to know God’s grace in our hearts in order for us to share His acceptance.

When we know the magnitude of God’s love and grace towards us, we learn of the freedom to come to Him just as we are. And knowing His love and grace deep in our hearts leads us to sharing that same kind of grace with others.

I find that people who have found the vast ocean of God’s grace are the ones who can share that same grace from their hearts with others.

The Lord desires the church to be a place of belonging. He created us with longing for belonging. He wants us to be in communion with Him. He wants us to live in community with others through sharing His grace.

The thing about belonging is when we truly belong we no longer need to hide, we can be real and authentic about where we are at in life. We don’t have to be chameleons or people-pleasers.

When we can be honest about who we are and where we are at, and not have to try to be someone we are not, we can feel at home, and truly feel loved.

So finding acceptance and belonging begins in our hearts when our hearts are firm in the knowledge and experience of God’s grace and love towards us.

Take time today to examine the reality to which you know God’s grace. Seek to know it more so that it overflows as you meet others. Acceptance starts with knowing Jesus and the fullness of His grace. Acceptance grows as we allow His grace and love to flood our hearts. We can make a difference. Our Christian communities can be places of acceptance and belonging. How will you begin to make this happen in your life?


It has been a number of weeks since I have been able to publish a post because of having to help with my mom’s care. I have felt the Lord’s grace in my life as I saw the Lord work through the prayers of others. I so appreciate those who so kindly prayed for my mom. She has been in and out of the hospital a couple of times in the past few weeks as well as in rehab. She is finally gaining strength and able to sit in a chair. Thank you so very much for your faithful prayers. 

18 thoughts on “Acceptance and Belonging

  1. The older I get the more I see the importance of community and that acceptance and grace. I’m quite introverted and honestly have never really made a big effort to build relationships. I’m happy being home all the time with only my kids and husband to talk to. Over the last year, I’ve been really working hard and praying a lot to build relationships and I can see the richness of it in my life. Thank you for this post and for sharing with us at #LiveLifeWell. I will be praying for your mom.


  2. Great post, Cheryl! I agree, having a place where we can belong and be accepted just as we are is so important, as is the challenge to extend that acceptance even to those who are different in some way or who we disagree with.


  3. Our pastor talked about this today. What a gift we can give people when we accept them unconditionally and allow God to do the changing. Great post!


  4. Yes and AMEN to all of this!! I love this line- “I find that people who have found the vast ocean of God’s grace are the ones who can share that same grace from their hearts with others.” Isn’t it SO true!! I know that it wasn’t until I personally grasped the weight of His enormous grace for me, that I was able to then extend grace to those around me. What a great post!!


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. His grace is so amazing, He seems to know exactly what it takes to help us to know it in our hearts little-by-little as we grow closer to Him. Sweet blessings to you!


  5. The key seems to be that we don’t value the acceptance and affirmation of God as much as we value the approval of humans. Thanks for this challenge to realign our values.


    1. Yes, you are exactly right. It is too easy to set aside the reality of the magnitude of God’s love for us and focus on what we think we need and want from others. Thank you for sharing! Sweet blessings to you!

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  6. Lovely to have you back Cheryl & great news about your dear Mother, that is a blessing!

    I like your statement that when we are accepted, truly accepted we can be authentic & stop being people pleasers…that is so important for women especially.

    You’re most welcome to join me in a cuppa anytime!


    1. Thank you so much for your prayers and well-wishes for Mom! Yes, it is a blessing! We never can take the lives of our loved ones for granted. May the Lord bless you! He knows how much your prayers mean to me!!

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  7. Carrying each other’s burdens – so needed in this hard world. And something many of us don’t know how to do well. Myself included. Thank you for a good word. visiting you today from the be thee inspired link up.


    1. Thank you for stopping by! Carrying each other’s burdens certainly does not seem to come naturally. I think we get so self-focused, we lose sight of what others are going through. Yet, we all long for acceptance an belonging, and it is through being other-focused that we can give and recieve His grace that leads to fulfilling our needs. What a wise and awesome Lord we serve! May He bless you and touch you abundantly with His grace so you may touch others.


  8. “Unity is not born out of sameness in background. It is born out of the love that Holy Spirit pours into our hearts, and the grace we learn to share as we come to know Jesus in deeper ways.” Amen! When God showers His grace on us, we need to spread it to others in our lives. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #TuneInThursday.


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