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Certainly, you’ve been rejected at some point in your life. You can’t live very long without experiencing the pain of someone’s rejection. It happens at school, at work, and in all human groups and interactions.
The fear of rejection is one of the most common and strongest fears we experience. Many people will go to great extremes to avoid the possibility of having someone reject them. People do all kinds of things they would not normally do, just to be accepted by others.
While we shouldn’t intentionally seek to be rejected, we should understand that it can’t be avoided. It’s going to happen to you. The key is to know how to handle it when it happens.
The best way to handle rejection is to have an internal base of affirmation and approval that no rejection can rob from you. This kind of base can only come from God, and the love He has for us.
John, the apostle, wrote these words reminding us of God’s love in 1 John 3:1 (NLT) “See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! …”
John experienced his share of rejection as one of Jesus’ followers, and one of the leaders of the early church. He knew the pain of people hating him for his faith. John not only survived these rejections but thrived through them because he knew how much God loved him. No matter who rejected him, he was loved, accepted and approved of by God!
The same is true for you. Rejection by people isn’t the worst thing in the world. You’re loved by one who never rejects you. Find your security in Him!