This month my blogs have focused on the theme of love. If only love were as easy and cut and dry as an adult, as it was when we were little children. Then, it simply consisted of passing a note, “do you like me? Check yes or no.” After getting your response, the two of you were considered a couple. However, as an adult it is not always that easy and there is certainly the risk of being rejected any time we put ourselves out there.
Rejection is certainly not a new concept to anyone. If we are honest, we have all had to deal with rejection of one kind or another at one point in our lives. The rejection could have been from a boyfriend/girlfriend, job application, friends, family; the list could go on and on. Jesus even dealt with rejection during His ministry, “He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:11). Jesus knew the pain of rejection from his own community. The wounds of rejection can go deeper and last longer than other injuries. When faced with the pain of rejection, we each have a choice to make. Will we be consumed by it or take captive the thoughts that are destructive and replace them with God’s truth?
Our worth as an individual is not determined by our circumstances or even by the choices we make. We are deeply loved by God. In fact, we are chosen by God, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praise of him who has called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9). When others may reject us, God is there for us and will never leave us. There are several descriptions of God’s love for us throughout the Bible. However, there are two that stick out in my mind. The first one is seen in Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” This simply means that God’s love for us does not depend upon anything we will ever do. Which leads to the greatest aspect of God’s love for us, “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 8:39). There is absolutely nothing that can separate us from the love of God. Isn’t that comforting?
As long as we are living, we are each going to have to deal with rejection from time to time. However, we need to see it for what it is in light of God’s unending love for us. So, no matter what others may think or say; you are not rejected, you are chosen and loved by the almighty God. Nothing and no one can ever take that from you. Share this hope with someone who is feeling lost and rejected around you this week.
The last thing I want to leave you with is an amazing video that I ran across today, http://vimeo.com/1967609.