The Rejection of Others
The LORD is for me; I will not fear; what can man do to me? – Psalm 118:6 (NASB)
As a part of life, I imagine we all have experienced rejection of some sort, such as, someone else got the job we wanted; we didn’t make the cut on a team; didn’t get into the college of choice, and so on. These are the types of rejection that force us to move beyond our disappointment and look at other options or keep trying.
But what about the rejection from someone dear to us, or society? We may have heard voices saying we don’t wear the right clothes, say the right things, parent the way they do; maybe they are never satisfied with your wants, needs or desires; they make excuses as to why they are treating you badly. I can say, I have experienced rejection as early as childhood and into adulthood. I have heard the words of others who stamped into my thoughts their lists of disapproval toward me. I tried to live up to their distorted expectations of me, to the point that I thought I was as unworthy as they thought I was.
It wasn’t until a light switched on in my heart; the light of Jesus revealing His rejection while here on earth (verse 22) and what He still faces on a daily basis from those who turn Him away (Proverbs 1:24). He reminded me that His love for me is deep and wide (Ephesians 3:18), He doesn’t look at me the way the rejectors do (Psalm 72:12-14), He loves me today, as I am, and He sees my potential in His plan (Jeremiah 29:11) and I can rest in His love and gentle guidance as He shows me His desire to keep my heart focused on Him, not the rejectors (Matthew 11:28).
The words and actions of others can leave us wondering who cares and am I enough. Jesus can relate to the struggles we endure at the hands and words of others (Hebrews 4:14-16). Will you accept that you are not alone and allow Christ to show you your value to Him?
Heavenly Father, your words give us life, You are the truth. Help us to open our hearts to Your love and to see ourselves the way You see us, with a love that lasts forever; that overshadows the harshness of from others. Show Your will for us today.
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