Rejection

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We have all experienced rejection of some sort and can understand that the feeling is not pleasant. Researchers have actually concluded that after experiencing rejection our brain interprets it as if the body is suffering from physical pain. Ouch!

Rejection can come from family, friends, or acquaintances but negative effects are felt from all of the negative associations. I know the feeling of rejection all too well, and can testify to the heartache that results from this.

Although I have experienced rebuffs, I am comforted by the Comforter. He understands the sting of being dismissed and can empathize with the sorrow that follows.

Isaiah 53:3 tells us, “He was despised and rejected- a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on Him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.”   

Jesus felt every suffering that this life could bring. He was rejected by family and His closest friends, yet He humbled Himself and persevered to fulfill His Father’s will. When we experience dismissal and criticism we can rest in knowing we have a Friend we can call on who will guide us through the anguish.

For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ.
2 Corinthians 1:5

Psalms 94:14 promises, “The Lord will not reject His people; He will not abandon His special possession.”

In Acts of the Apostles we can actually see how to handle the pain of being snubbed! Acts 13:51 says, “So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium.”In other words, shake off the dust of being rejected and keep on moving friend! In doing so, don’t forget what Proverbs 12:25 says, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” Also, Proverbs 15:30 continues, “A cheerful look brings joy to the heart; good news makes for good health.”

Revelation 3:10 encourages us, “Because you have obeyed my command to persevere, I will protect you from the great time of testing that will come upon the whole world to test those who belong to this world.” Jesus affirms us further by saying in John 16:33, “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in Me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

Take heart and carry on my friend!

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