REJECTION CAN BE DEVASTATING.
For me, the first time I remember being rejected was in the 5th grade. I wanted to be a cheerleader, so I tried out with a group of friends. Most of them made the team. I did not. Because I didn’t make the team, my friends no longer included me in their group. I was devastated.
As I grew older, there were other times rejection left its mark on my self-esteem. Each time, I withdrew a little deeper inside myself to keep from being hurt. I erected imaginary walls around the real me and allowed very few people inside the door of my heart.
Sometimes, the rejection I suffered was self-inflicted. I perceived – whether true or not – other people wouldn’t want to be around me. To keep from becoming disappointed, I pushed them away and convinced myself I was doing the right thing. Yet, each time, I felt alone and empty.
It wasn’t until I learned of Jesus’ unconditional love that I overcame the fear of being rejected. With Jesus, I didn’t have to perform. I didn’t have to be “cool”. I didn’t have to be wise, or witty, or wealthy.
Jesus loved me; the real me.
Verse like the following filled my emptiness with His love.
“You can know and depend on the love that I have for you, Sheryl.” 1 John 4:15
“I anointed you, Sheryl, set My seal of ownership on you, and put My Spirit in your heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.” 2 Corinthians 1:21b-22
“I will keep you safe, Sheryl, because no one can snatch you out of My hands.” John 10:29.
“I made you alive in Jesus simply because I love you, Sheryl” Ephesians 2:4-5
“Though the mountains vanish, My unending love will never leave you, Sheryl” Isaiah 54:10
All throughout the Bible, God tells of His love for me and for you. His love is unconditional. If you struggle with rejection, read the versus above and insert your name in place of mine. Repeat them over and over again until you believe them.
God is faithful. He will never leave you nor forsake you. You are His cherished possession; a loved one worth fighting for.
Don’t let the fear of rejection hold you captive.
Believe in God. Believe in yourself.
“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39, NIV)
Prayer: Dear Father, Sometimes I wonder how You could love me. I make so many mistakes. My imperfections are numerous. Yet, You love me with all my flaws. You see me as Your perfect creation. You place Your seal upon my heart and call me Your own. When I accept Your love and allow it to fill me up, there is no longer room for rejection. I am Yours no matter what others may say or think. No one can take me from Your hands. Thank You, God, for loving me unconditionally. Thank You for helping me overcome my fear of rejection. In Jesus’ precious name I pray, Amen.
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