Facing Rejection

October 10, 2008

“As for me, I said in my alarm, ‘I am cut off from before Your eyes.’ Nevertheless You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried to You.” – Psalm 31:22

Rejection is a part of life. We all face it, whether trying out for a team and being cut, being fired, or laid off. Toughest of all may be rejection in the family through a divorce, a child feeling rejected by a parent, or one sibling rejecting another.

Remember, God’s power is sufficient for you to overcome rejection. How?

1. You have to trust Him completely to bring good out of the worst rejection.

2. You have to confess to God any feelings of resentment, bitterness, or anger and ask God to forgive you. Remember, “Bitterness is the poison we swallow while hoping the other person dies.”

3. You have to ask God to give you the power to forgive the person who rejected you, and for the strength to move on.

Jesus is our ultimate example for dealing with rejection. He chose to forgive on the cross, and He gives us the power to do the same when others reject us.