October 10, 2012 by AJ Briones
What if you would see a brother, sister, young one or someone you are accountable with doing something that is wrong or in a compromising situation, what would you have as a response? How would you react? How would you one person deal with it in a personal level? How do we work on it? Here are some ways that people act or react towards transgression:
1. Ignorant Acceptance – Notices or receives awareness of a situation in the life of a person and accepts it as a part of growth or maturity not knowing that the person is struggling and incompletely gratified by what he/she is doing.
2. Jester’s Acceptance – Acknowledges the situation and treats it so lightly resulting to mockery and use it as a form of amusement.
3. Domineering Acceptance – Sees the problem and takes action with power regardless if it would hurt or offend a party. The person may weigh his actions or not but acts according to one’s desire to exhibit dominion and power.
4. Apathetic Response – Regardless of seeing then problem or not, a person would live normally not caring or even noticing any arising problem of a certain party.
5. Blind Acceptance – Notices or receives awareness of a situation in the life of a person and accepts it by not doing anything at all and event gives consent out of false image of love, fear or desire for happiness. This is a case regardless of a transgressing person intentionally or unintentionally does what he/she is seen committing. This may also cause a person to hide other’s sin that must be exposed.
6. Apartness Acceptance – Knows that there is an element of sin, problem or compromise but thinks too highly of oneself to view those others are weak unlike him/her. In this even a person views it as a common error that he knowingly or unknowingly believes that he is untouchable by the experience.
7. True Acceptance – This is the right way of approaching mistakes, compromise and problems of people. This is seeing the situation and accepting it as it but does not stand around and do nothing. This is covered with unconditional love that leads to wholesome rebuke (appropriate corrective measures) and godly support on a person entangled in a compromising situation. This carries the element of companionship to experience the struggle with another person in order for a person to break free from a compromising situation. Accepting that there is something wrong and acknowledging the factors that envelope a situation and using those to give advice. The person who truly accepts will face one battle which is the battle to not judge others or having an empathetic character toward others.
What kind of acceptance or response do you want to imitate or strive for as a goal?