The Light Washed Path

ACCEPTANCE and ACCEPTABILITY-2 “Living For God’s Approval”

Gen. 4:7 If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you…

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

The principle is simple really: Acceptance is based in Acceptability. If you want to be accepted learn to be acceptable. The problems arise when you begin to sort out just whom you want to be acceptable with. If you always try to be accepted by people I hope you’re a chameleon, because you’ll need the skills. Your safest bet is to find out what it takes to be accepted in God’s eyes and let everything else find its place behind that relationship. That way the Lord will set the standard for your acceptability. You can survive without acceptance from people but you can’t survive rejection from God. And if you’re acceptable in God’s eyes then you’ll be also in the eyes of those who matter. When you do this, then acceptability focuses you upon your need for transformation, development and maturity. Then you place your need for acceptance in God’s Hands, Who has the power to extend true credibility to you. Since you are seeking to please Him, Who is just, compassionate and merciful, your acceptance will be meaningful and fulfilling.

Okay then, just what does the Bible say about acceptability in the eyes of God? I thought it would be a good idea to just list a few of the verses that mention what God views as acceptable. There is more, but this will give you a good start and you can research the rest through a simple word study of the scriptures.

A heart that is humble and right before God will always have a tongue that speaks acceptably…

Prov 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth of the wicked speaketh frowardness.

To act with justice and discretion is more acceptable to God than trying to make up for sin…

Prov. 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

A true heart seeks to have its thoughts and words to be acceptable to God, and not just its actions…

Psa. 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, beacceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

One seeking to be acceptable to God knows it is only reasonable that his body, with its abilities and strengths, belongs to God…

Rom. 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

It is acceptable to God when we live the truth and righteous standards that we profess, believe and proclaim…

Eph. 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Eph. 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Eph. 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.

Making it a priority to pray for all people and those in authority, is an acceptable practice with God, especially in light of our propensity for complaining…

1 Tim. 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions,and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

1 Tim. 2:2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

1 Tim. 2:3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

It is acceptable with God for widows to receive support in their time of need, from the family members they have nurtured…

1 Tim. 5:4 But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

It is acceptable with God to show humility rather than retribution when you are reproved for your errors, seeing that God knows the truth…

1 Pet. 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, thisis acceptable with God.

God has made us to be accepted in Jesus (without our having to earn it). Ttherefore we should live to show forth praise for that gracious gift…

Eph. 1:6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made usaccepted in the beloved.

You have a choice. You can waste your life being hung up on getting acceptance and falling under the modern misconception that you have a basic right to it. Or you can focus your efforts on being acceptable before God and have the fulfillment and satisfaction that it brings to your life.

Stay On The Path!