If we allow it, rejection can bring out the worst in us. Let someone tell you that they don’t want you anymore or don’t love you anymore after you’ve invested yourself into a relationship, and it can cause even the best of us to turn into a completely different person. Rejection can make us do things we never thought we’d do, say things we never thought we’d say, all because someone slammed the door in our face. Whether it was a parent, a spouse, a pastor or a friend, rejection can have damaging effects. Thankfully, Jesus was fully acquainted with this feeling. Instead of letting it get to Him, He made a constant decision to receive the love, acceptance and affection of His Father. He was the stone the builders rejected, but He became the chief cornerstone (see Mark 12:10).
Receiving God’s love, acceptance and affection for you can have powerful healing effects. Ask any woman who has bounced back from great rejection and they will tell you the only way they were able to heal and move on with their life was because of the loving arms of Jesus. He promises when we come to Him, He will in no wise cast us out (see John 6:37). Receive God’s love. Receive God’s acceptance. Receive God’s affection. Let Him bring out the best in you, instead of letting people bring out the worst in you. With God’s help, you can be healed from the hurt and go on to be happy and fulfilled in God. You can learn to handle rejection the same way Jesus did. You can let God’s love fill every void.
Prayer: Father God, I thank you for speaking directly to my heart. When I’m rejected help me always remember to come to you. Help me remember that you love me, you accept me and you have great affection for me that is unconditional. I receive your love right now. Fill every gaping hole in my heart. Help me handle rejection well, just like Jesus did. Help me to grow in wisdom, strength and grace with every situation I face. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“…Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” Jeremiah 31:3