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The Rope of Acceptance

“The Bible reveals strategies for keeping relational mountains small and manageable. In order to persevere and improve our relationships, we first must connect with the rope of acceptance. Rock climbers use a technique with ropes called belaying. It involves securing a climber to a rope so he doesn’t fall too far if he slips off the rock. Similarly, we can’t climb to new heights safely if we don’t connect with a rope of acceptance. “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7). One of our greatest problems in relationships is that we’re always trying to change the people we’re relating to. To accept others means that we stop trying to change them and we start trying to understand them.”

Excerpted from One Month to Live by Kerry and Chris Shook

Daily Reflection: How can you take steps to further understand your loved ones?

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