I’m convinced that rejection is one of the most painful things a person can endure.
There are many different forms of rejection, there are many different levels of it. Some kinds can be honestly unintentional and yet we still feel it, and other kinds of rejection can be about as mean-spirited as you can get.
It could be something as simple as not being invited, being unwanted, or it could be something as major as an outright rejection of a person’s core character, who they are as a human being.
Rejection means to,
“refuse, decline, dismiss, abandon, forsake, exclude, shun, blacklist, avoid, ignore, excommunicate”
The opposite of rejection is,
Isn’t this verse interesting?
“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.” —Romans 15:7
I love this promise of God to His children,
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you or forsake you” —Deuteronomy 31:6
“All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.” —John 6:37
Jesus suffered through rejection…. humanity rejected Him and wanted Him out of their way. How it breaks my heart when I “attempt to feel” what that must have felt like….
But He rose again…He rose up out of the grave… and the attempt of “rejection” led Him right into God’s “secret” plan (all along) ☀️
I love this quote…
“Your rejection in one season can lead to your destiny in the next.” —Steven Furtick
Isn’t that beautiful?
There’s also “self-rejection” which we can use to turn on our own-selves because we believe a lie…
Here is an interesting perspective about self-rejection:
“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.” —Henri J.M. Nouwen
“Self-rejection” is disagreeing with God. ?
Rejection can sting unlike any other kind of pain, but just remember this:
“…For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” —Ephesians 1:3-6
In this life, we are going to be persecuted, and we are going to face wounds of rejection. It’s important that we deal with the pain and the wounds of rejection in the right away.
I am learning, that I have to be so quick to take note of the sting of rejection, and I have to take it and run straight into my Heavenly Father’s arms. I have to pour out my heart to Him, I have to ask Him to mend my heart, and soothe the pain, and to refresh and renew my heart so that I’m free of any threat of “infection.”
If rejection is not properly dealt with, if wounds are allowed to sit there and fester and become infected, a wounded, infected heart can turn into a bitter heart. A bitter, poisoned heart can turn into a cold heart.
And a cold, hard heart can turn into a vengeful, hateful heart.
God doesn’t want this to happen to our hearts, and He’s just right there, and He’s so lovingly reminding us that we are forever and unconditionally loved and as His children, covered in Christ, we are fully accepted by Him.
No matter what kind of rejection may come our way in this life, we can have confidence, and take heart by remembering that we will always be loved and accepted by Him. We’re sealed. It’s a done deal. ?
Rejection is a trap, it’s an attempt of the enemy to ruin and infect, and poison our hearts.
Choose to see “rejection” as an opportunity for something far, far greater than you ever “had in mind.” Remember that God knows where He’s taking you.
When you feel the pain of rejection, when you feel the pain of a fresh wound, run straight to your Heavenly Father, just as a little child. For He is the Healer of broken hearts. He will surround you with His love and soothe the pain, and He will mend your broken heart, and He will remind you of who you are to Him.
No pain, no wound will be able to stand a chance to compare to His healing love. He will help you to let it go…He will help you to be free. ☀️
Allow Him to help you “rise above.” ✨
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” —Jeremiah 29:11
Thank You, Father. ?