Dealing with Rejection (2)

If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.” (John 15:18)

Jesus taught his disciples how to handle rejection and there are things that we must learn from his teachings. He reminds his disciples that he was hated by those who hated the things of God. It is possible to do everything within your power to be at peace with others and still experience rejection. We all make relationship mistakes and at times we can act in ways that cause offence. If you are aware of an action that you did that caused offence, then you can apologise and try to make amends.

Sometimes you may not even be aware of what is causing others to be offended. Once you know that you have done the best that you can do, then be at peace with yourself. When Jesus sent out his disciples to minister in different towns, this was his advice to them. “And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town.” (Matthew 10:14)

Jesus was saying to his disciples that not everyone will accept you or accept what you have to offer and that is ok. Take your gifts and talents somewhere else and don’t hang around hoping to be accepted. We have to know when to keep it moving as we can waste precious time in the wrong places when there are others who will gladly embrace what you have to offer.

Rejection can also come in the form of persecution or lead to us being persecuted. ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (John 15:20) Jesus also warned us that persecution will come but he also promised that we are blessed when we are persecuted for the sake of righteousness. Jesus says that we should rejoice because we have a great reward in heaven. (Matthew 5:10-12)


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