We claim here on For His Glory that acceptance is mankind’s greatest need. We are all born with it. In fact none of us can function very well in this life without it. Many of us enjoy acceptance if we’re fortunate enough to grow up in a healthy home and family environment. Some of us enjoy acceptance in close friendships or business environments.
Then there are those without the benefit of healthy families or relationships. Consequently acceptance is often lacking in their lives. They still need to feel acceptance, but in order to gain it they feel the need to manufacture it themselves. This is acceptance by self effort. It doesn’t work and often leaves the person feeling frustrated and more unacceptable.
One way we try to force acceptance is with our appearance. They think if they dress the part and wear the right clothes and impress people with their outside appearance they’ll be accepted.
Some try to gain acceptance with their behavior. They think if they follow all the social conventions and go to all the right parties and act with social norms they’ll gain acceptance.
Some have family heritages or business success they can flaunt to make them appear acceptable.
Unfortunately all these things we do with self effort do not work.
We find are acceptance, needs and self-image met only in God. This is the person God accepts. In God is the only place we can find who acceptance. And God’s acceptance is true, unconditional and eternal.