Accepting in the First Degree

1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions (Romans 14).

This word “accept” is rich in meaning: “to receive into one’s home, one’s heart, one’s very life.” Thus, what follows in the sentence is completely incongruous to that word. How can someone “accept” someone else—just so they can “pass judgment on their opinions”? Well, they do so because it makes them feel better about themselves to judge someone “who is weak in faith”—when, of course, they are so strong.

It just goes to show how wrong our motives can be even while doing something very good. In “accepting” others we can appear to be very loving people—and yet just be doing it for the benefit of our own needs. Capital Murder cases are tried on the bases of motive or intent, in which Premeditated Murder/First Degree Murder (murder with a preconceived purpose) is the worst. Thus, perhaps in the holy courts of God something similar to Accepting in the First Degree might exist.

Lord, we thank You for Your grace in our lives, for here we see yet another way in which it is so clearly needed.  Help us This Day to accept others for the right reason. Amen.