s e v e n . r e a l i t i e s . t o . r e m e m b e r . i n . r e j e c t i o n // whether you’re 16, 19, 22, 26 or 30 — at some stage in your life, in some way shape or form, you will have experienced rejection. sometimes rejection is malicious; other times, you’re simply rejected out of convenience or preference, and your pain is accidental. sometimes it’s wrong, and sometimes it isn’t — but either way, rejection hurts. perhaps you’ve asked yourself ‘how do i respond?’.. here are seven realities to help you deal with rejection. 1. self pity is not a decision you need to make. you can choose to linger for lengthy periods of time in a ‘woe is me’ state, or you can grieve for a length of time — while looking up to Christ. your identity isn’t found in others opinions of you, but in Jesus. don’t give bitterness the space to take ground in your life. 2. Jesus will never reject you. your friends may turn you away, or a relationship may end, but He is always present and steadfast. no human is 100% reliable, but He is 100% trustworthy. 3. anything that causes you to need God is a blessing. this may seem odd, but hear the heart — rejection requires you to admit and accept the pain, but to also accept it as an opportunity to grow deeper and more dependant in your relationship with Christ. it won’t feel like a blessing straight away; and you don’t need to pretend that it does. you can rest in knowing that needing Him, and drawing near to Him will bring rest and love and healing. 4. accept the dare. rejection opens a door for you to respond, and will reveal what is beneath your surface. will you turn the other cheek? be gracious? fight back? if you’re in the right, will you still extend forgiveness willingly? 5. don’t stop loving. don’t let the past, rob you of your future. 6. be humbled. just as Jesus took rejection of mankind on His shoulders in a selfless act of love; you too need to sometimes remember, it’s not about you. and lastly number 7. freely you have received; freely give.’ no matter how deeply you have been rejected, you can freely receive His love. He is the source, not the affection of other people. depend on Him to fill your tank; and continue to love.
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