The Sting of Rejection
I didn't come to reject the world; I came to save the world.
John 12:47 (The Message)
Rejection can have such a damaging impact on a person, especially if that person is not secure in their status or character. Rejection can stir up long forgotten memories of a time that should be left in the past.
To be rejected by someone is hurtful to say the least. It may have been a person you admired or a person you FULLY TRUSTED and they let you down!
This experience happened to me. I had a long-standing friendship with someone and one day they just shut me out for no apparent reason. It was hurtful and confusing. I sought an answer by email and by telephone but to no avail. I finally wrote a letter to the individual and still got no response.
OUCH, ANOTHER REJECTION. But GOD is good because the person came face to face with me (quite by accident!!) and I had the opportunity to ask questions and say what I had basically stated in the letter.
The person was quite uncomfortable and truly did not come clean with an appropriate answer that left me feeling DEJECTED. I went to God and prayed and cried and asked “what did I do?”
With time God gently showed me that we are connected with some people for life and others are just passing through. It took me a long time to accept this and realize that not everyone is is able to be a friend; some people are not able to be a friend because they may have luggage from their own past that inhibits this. True friendship is deep and many shy away from opening their hearts, past pain and hurts may be responsible for this.
Jesus was rejected many, many times.
He was rejected by the spiritual leaders in the temples.
He was rejected by the Romans.
He was rejected by one of His own disciples!
And He continues to be rejected today.
But He will never reject His own. We are the His flock; the sheep of his pasture.
IN THIS WORLD, WE WILL EXPERIENCE REJECTION BUT KNOWING THAT GOD LOVES ME UNCONDITIONALLY IS LIKE A SOOTHING BALM TO THE STING OF PAIN.
He’s the one who will never leave me or forsake me and because of His promise, I can follow the Master and continue to love despite the occasional stings.
Prayer for the Woman Who Has Been Rejected
Father, I ask you to bless every woman reading this prayer who has been rejected. I ask that the Holy Spirit minister to their heart and show them a new revelation of your love and power. Where there is pain, give her your peace and mercy.
Where there is self-doubt, release a renewed confidence through Your grace. Where there is anger, give her the strength to forgive. Lord, reveal yourself to each woman according to her need, show each woman that they are worthy in Your eyes, no matter what the situation may look like to them. Lord, lift her spirit and mend her heart. I pray this in the precious name of Jesus.
Cynthia Eddie is a woman who loves God and loves people. She has three beautiful children and enjoys using her gift of writing and life experiences to encourage women.