Accept Others as Christ Accepted You

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).


God accepts us, despite our messy lives, impure motives, and irritating attitudes. One of the ways we reflect God’s love and bring him glory is to accept one another just as he accepts us. This means we accept others’ quirks and look past their faults in order to see individuals created in the image of God.To become more like Jesus, you’ll need the support of a small group. God designed us to mature spiritually with the help of others. For instance, we can’t learn to love others on our own. We need to learn how to accept one another unconditionally, just as Christ accepts us unconditionally.

The Bible says, “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God” (Romans 15:7 NIV).

This acceptance makes any small group a safe environment, where people are not afraid to express their fears and doubts or talk about their struggles and where lasting change is facilitated.


“Let’s talk about Sex, Baby”

You cannot get around speaking directly about your sensual needs. A fulfilled love life is fruit of active communication:

How often do we want to sleep together?

What turns you off? (And this is not only about white socks…)

What turns you on?

What can I do better in bed?

What are you secret erotic desires?

And please be honest. Otherwise you might as well put in a Maya the Bee* DVD and watch how Maya jumps from flower to flower.
Sexuality is something very intimate and has the potential to create or destroy life. All too often, sexual desires pile up, which one does not dare to speak about, even though they are totally legitimate.

Each one of you writes a sexual desire on three pieces of paper. Then you pick one and you talk about it. If both of you agree on doing it then good luck! Repeat this process until all the sex notes have dissolved into love.


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