Tuesday, September 1, 2015

From Rejection to Acceptance!

Let me express my thoughts concerning what I believe affects untold numbers of people throughout our nation as well as within the church. Far too many people battle with the problem of rejection in their lives.

Rejection, simply defined, is a sense of being unwanted, or the sense that although you want people to love you, it seems that no one does. It’s feeling excluded—that somehow you’re always on the outside looking in.

Rejection, or the feeling of rejection is a wound that is very hard to bear. Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but a wounded (broken) spirit who can bear?”

Another scripture in Proverbs says “The words of a tale-bearer are as wounds going down into the innermost parts of the belly.” I know the Bible is right in this. There is a vulnerable and tender area deep down inside of us where some things penetrate, and one of those things is the words of a talebearer. We can put up with a wounded body, but a wounded spirit is an unbearable affliction.

Rejection, very frequently, is a wound that affects a deep area within our spirit. The reactions to rejection are numerous: Loneliness is one that leads to being miserable — being miserable can lead to self-pity and moodiness, which can lead to depression. Despair and hopelessness often result from continued depression. Often thoughts of finality and death will eventually set in.

ACCEPTANCE!

Now, what’s the opposite of rejection? It is acceptance! It begins with God accepting you as His own beloved. (Ephesians 1:6)

There is no doubt that God’s own Son experienced the deepest pangs of rejection, even being rejected by His Father, the ultimate rejection that led Him to die on the cross literally from a broken heart. But, Jesus’ rejection led to our acceptance. When Christ died on the cross, He bore all our rejections, all the agony and heartache we bear. An exchange has taken place; we are now accepted because of His rejection! We are “accepted in the beloved.”

Release from rejection takes place when you ask God’s forgiveness from all wrong attitudes, sin, bitterness and unforgiveness. Offer unto God all of your bitterness, hatred, resentment, and rebellion and begin to thank God that you are accepted in Christ. You now belong to His family, the best family in the universe.

Now that you have repented of your sins, allow yourself through God’s grace, to forgive every other person, as you would have God forgive you. Forgive all those who have rejected and hurt you and who failed to show you love. Now accept yourself in Christ just the way He made you. You are His workmanship. Not a reject. Not a second-class citizen. You are a child of God! Heaven’s your home! There’s royal blood in your veins! You belong to the best family on earth. God’s family!