A message of hope for those who experience rejection
Every person has a deep need for fellowship, camaraderie, and companionship with others. But in our fallen world, rejection is commonplace and painful. We hurt when we are left out or purposely excluded, especially when it involves our family, our close friends, or our church.
Rejection has driven many people to become rebellious, controlling, intemperate, or obsessed with their performance. But being rejected does not doom us to living in misery and bitterness. Jesus offers a far better way.
As believers, we are spiritually united with Jesus. In Him we are loved and accepted. In Him we receive the declaration of full approval from the Father. In Him we have the promise of being received into glory for eternity. This is an unspeakable wonder!
Accepted in Jesus is more than an exploration of rejection. It points the way to a life centered on Jesus, a life that takes up residence in Him. In Jesus we are not only delivered from the ways of self, but the life and vitality of Jesus also thrive in our relationships. We can be people of love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness... the very things that characterize Jesus.
- 1. Biblical Examples of Rejection
- 2. The Yearning for Connection
- 3. Wrong Responses to Rejection
- 4. Core Issues in Rejection
- 5. A Change in Centeredness
- 6. Accepted in the Beloved
- 7. Abiding in Jesus
- 8. Receiving One Another