Accepted In The Beloved
When we Christians are pleasing and acceptable to the Lord we are not pleasing and acceptable to unbelievers. When we are walking in the Spirit we are acceptable to the Lord but we are unacceptable to unbelievers. When we are serving the Lord in any way we are unacceptable to unbelievers. The attitude of unbelievers toward me and other believers is manifested in various ways on many levels. They sometimes try to disrupt our obedience to the Lord. They try to change our behavior. They prefer not to see it. They prefer not to believe it. They ignore it. They walk away. They avoid us. They think we must be unbalanced. They sometimes actually seem to despise us. They are much more tolerant of us when we are not serving the Lord, in other words, when we are walking in the flesh. Those same attitudes toward faithful Christians are often exhibited by other Christians who are not walking with the Lord.
If there is no one in your life to whom you are unacceptable, I wonder if you are a Christian that does not live the way God wants you to live or if you are a Christian at all. Do we want to be acceptable to the world, the flesh and the Devil or do we want to be accepted in the beloved?
Ephesians 1:2: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
John 15:19: If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
John 17:14: I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
1 Peter 2:12: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
1 Samuel 8:7: And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
John 15:20: Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
Galatians 4:16: Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Galatians 1:10: For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
2 Timothy 3:12: Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
2 Samuel 12:14: Howbeit, because by this deed (his sin concerning Bathsheba) thou (David) hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
Joshua 24:15: And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day (and every day) whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Psalms 19:14: Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?