It was an innocent enough request: I asked a few people in my circle to support me with the blog, i.e., forward it to their friends and family and leave a comment or two. I was grateful for the positive responses I got from many, but hurt by the lack of response I got from a few. I felt rejected, overlooked, and ignored and after praying over it, I was determined to release the negative feelings and move on.
So I googled rejection on the internet and looked for bible verses dealing with the same. And I read all of them. Jesus was the most rejected man in the world so I knew I would get answers to my questions. What I learned is that the spirit of rejection is one of the most prevalent maladies facing the body of christ. We all suffer rejection in one form or another over the course of our lives.
We can feel rejected in the womb by a mother who is ill-prepared to have us, or after birth by a family that is not equipped to nurture us, or by those who abuse or neglect us, or later in life by people who don't feel good about themselves and, therefore, can't support or love us, or by those who want to control us or shut us up by their silence, or by people who are just overwhelmed and stretched to thin, and, simply, don't have the time to support us. There are as many reasons as stars in the sky for why someone may have rejected us.
We all face rejection, and, I believe, we all reject others from from time-to-time. The "soul-less" internet -- Facebook (liking some comments and skipping over others) and Ignored Emails -- are ripe breeding grounds for the spirit of rejection to prosper, leaving open sores and wounds that must be consciously examined, disected, and extracted. We must forgive those whom have rejected us. Otherwise, we will nurse the hurt and pain.
Our worlds mirror our inner thoughts, i.e., we get what we give. And hurt people hurt people. I choose love and acceptance. I will not spend my precious time on negative encounters and people. I ask forgiveness of anyone whom I rejected when I was hurting. I'm up at 3.a.m this morning praying for God's best and highest in the lives of my friends and family. I may have called out your name. My heart is wide open.
I pray that you do the same and clear your heart of the spirit of rejection. Read every bible verse that you can find on love and acceptance, which is the direct opposite of rejection. Read up on forgiveness. It's what God wants for His people! He loves you and wants the best for you, no matter what anyone may have done or said. Concentrate on this and continue to lead with your heart and love. Carry this bible verse with you at all times:
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper
and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Never stop forgiving others:
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who
sins against me? Seven times?”
“No!” Jesus replied, “seventy times seven!”
And remember what God wants for us all: