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How To Triumph Over Rejection The Way Jesus Did

Rejection refers to action of dismissing or turning down someone. Throughout life, rejection is a common experience, whether it be in the context of job applications, school admissions, or personal relationships. There is a profound discomfort associated with rejection and will always be part of the inherent human experience. This article delves into the concept of rejection through a biblical perspective, examining its effects on individuals and offering insights on coping mechanisms. Notably, every prominent biblical figure in the bible experienced rejection, whether from God or from other individuals.

1. How God Rejects Man

The initial rejection in history is traced back to the transgression of Adam and Eve in the presence of God. Their disobedience led to their expulsion from the Garden of Eden and the subsequent curse placed upon them. Rejection from God signifies that the actions of man are unworthy and inadequate in his sight, this known as sin.

It is crucial to differentiate between the individual and their actions, as the individual’s inherent worth will always be superior and never diminish in the eyes of God. Following the Fall, God exemplified this belief by sending his son, Jesus, to offer himself as a sacrificial atonement for our transgressions. This is why God will always accept the worst sinner who repents and accepts Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Here are three biblical examples where God rejects man for their actions.

1.1 The Parable of Talents

God rejects man through their actions is portrayed in the parable of talents in Matthew 25:14-30; one of the notable themes in this parable is the them of rejection. The actions of the three servants reveal the level of respect, trust, and obedience towards their master. The first two servants show obedience to the master by doubling the wealth that was entrusted upon them, whilst the third servant decided to bury the wealth he had received. The actions of the third servant not only reveal his disobedience but also reflect his lack of respect for his master. In essence he viewed his master as unworthy of receiving more than what he had entrusted upon him, and thus the servant was rejected.

1.2 Cain and Abel

Unworthy actions are sinful actions and God rejects such, whilst worthy actions are righteous actions that are commendable by God. This is evidenced in the story of Cain and Abel when God looked with favor on Abel and his offering and did not look with favor on Cain and his offering. God rejected Cain’s offering, of the fruits of the soil, because it was not the best, he then asks him this rhetorical question: “If you do what is right will you not be accepted?” Cain’s offering was rejected due to his actions, and likewise, his acceptance is contingent upon his actions.

1.3 The Woman Caught in Adultery

For us to be accepted by God, we need to do what is right. Doing right forsaking our ways, obeying his word and living righteously in Christ Jesus. This is exemplified in the story of the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. The Pharisees brought the woman before Jesus hoping he will reject her and condemn her to death. Jesus said to the woman, “neither do I condemn you, go now and leave your life of sin”, His response indicated that her actions were unacceptable and unworthy of her to partake in. Nevertheless, he regarded her as a person deserving of life, urging her to forsake a sinful life and embrace a path of living righteously.

Isaiah 55:7 reads, “Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous thoughts. Let them turn to God and he will have mercy on them and he will freely pardon.” Like the woman caught in adultery, we have all been freely pardoned of our sins, and God has called us to forsake our sinful ways and live righteously in Christ Jesus – this was the core of his ministry, not to bring condemnation but righteousness(2 Corinthians 3:9).


2. Rejection From Individuals

Having described the concept of rejection from God’s standpoint, I will now explore it from a human viewpoint. Rejection is a universal experience that touches each of us differently. The individuals who reject us can often evoke feelings of inadequacy, prompting introspection and self-doubt.

When we are rejected by man, there’s always an underlying divine purpose that is at play. Granted, we may have fallen short of conducting ourselves well before other man, and ultimately before God, but when man reject us, it’s an opportunity for the power and glory of God to be made manifest in our lives.

The Pharisees rejection of Jesus Christ as the son of God was fundamental to him being glorified. Joseph’s rejection by his brothers was fundamental to him being glorified in Egypt and preventing the children of Israel from dying from famine.

2.1 Effects of Being Rejected By Individuals

The positive aspect is that regardless of God’s plan for our lives, He has the ability to incorporate our experiences of rejection into the realization of His will and purpose, ultimately leading to the glorification of His name. This is confirmed in Ephesians 1:11, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”

Once God reveals his purpose for our lives, no level of rejection can hinder its fulfillment. Moses was rejected by Israel with the words, “who made you ruler and judge over us”. Regardless of having murdered someone and fleeing to the dessert for 40 years, his divine purpose never changed – he was purposed to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Jesus was also rejected by man for preaching the gospel, healing the sick and for performing miraculous signs and wonders. This rejection led to his crucifixion, ultimately fulfilling God’s purpose in his life – to save the world from eternal damnation.

3. Final Remarks

In times of rejection, there is a tendency to engage in self-criticism. However, we can draw inspiration from Jesus, who maintained a steadfast resilience in the face of rejection. His unwavering self-assurance shielded him from the impact of slander and criticism. We can employ the same technique by affirming God’s word regarding ourselves, it is an offensive weapon against the arrows of rejection, slander and criticism.

When individuals reject us, it unveils the position they subjectively assign us within various hierarchies, whether social, financial, or academic. Importantly, rejection by others does not diminish our inherent worth; rather, it merely reflects their personal perception of us. Ultimately, our true value lies in how we are seen by our Creator.

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