Rejection Hurts

I was listening to a podcast this morning that said, "Rejection hurts your ego! Be nicer to people, and they will not reject you." Umm, ok - but that doesn't work. 

We know that the world we live in isn't fair.  Expecting them to treat you fairly just because you welcome them like a dog when it's owner comes home doesn't improve anything.  

Jesus said in Matthew 10:22, and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

If you are a follower of Jesus, you will be rejected.  Across this world, some people are being threatened and even eliminated because of their faith in Christ.  You have to choose whose praise you would rather have, theirs or Christ's? 

Who you are isn't found in the opinion of others.  If you live to please people a) you will never and b) you'll go crazy trying.  Your purpose, the reason for being, is found in God.  He created you to worship Him, have a loving relationship with him, to enjoy His presence in your life that is empowered to change your world.  

Do not wear rejection as a badge of honor.  Some people go around offending others with their faith.  Jesus never did that; why should we?  He spoke the truth, in love. They choose to be offended, but he didn't give them a reason to be, nor did he revel in their offense.  

Don't take rejection personally.  Jesus Matthew 5:43–44  43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  Rejection is an opportunity to show people what your real purpose is, to love them.  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, help me to love others today.  AMEN