Truths that Lead to Freedom From Rejection
Do you struggle with rejection? Do you feel like you never measure up or believe that your personality is awkward? Rejection is difficult, especially when you experience it from people you love.
Sadly, most of us, if we’re honest, can attest to the fact that rejection has created fears in our lives. Fears that have stopped us from walking out the purpose that God has given us to complete while here on earth.
How many of us are bound by rejection and living a life that seems hopeless and unmeaningful? Let me tell you, that is NOT the life that God meant for people to live! Yet, many of us are at this point. We’ve learned to simply live each day bound. We sit on the sidelines watching others write books, start a business, teach, and we accepted a false narrative that we can’t accomplish any of those things. Why? We allowed rejection to affect us to the extent that we watch others fulfill their purpose while we neglect to walk in ours!
We’re afraid of being rejected, again. So, instead of taking that risk and living by faith, we just live. If you’re going to be a woman who lives out her God-given purpose, you cannot continue to allow rejection to be a constant hindrance in your life.
How many times have you believed other people’s thoughts about you?
Do you run from the things that God has called you to do because you’re afraid of being rejected by others?
Have you believed the rejection you received was rejection by God?
It’s time to combat your struggle with rejection, so you can complete everything that God has purposed for you to do here on earth! What matters is that you’re pleasing God with your life, even if people reject you!
In the Bible, multiple people experienced rejection. Leah was rejected by Jacob, Joseph was rejected by his brothers, Jesus was rejected while He was on the earth and continues to be rejected.
You don’t have to allow rejection to define you. It’s time to face rejection head-on so you can become the woman that God intended for you to be!
4 Ways to Help You Combat Rejection
If you’re ready to overcome rejection, below are four ways that you can implement in your life to help you overcome this struggle:
1. Determine Where Rejection Resides
Many of us can admit that we struggle with certain things, however, we often are unable to pinpoint the root cause of our struggle. To overcome rejection, you must evaluate your life according to God’s Word and take a deep look at the roots of where rejection has impacted your life.
Rejection comes in various forms. For example, maybe you experienced your husband walking away from your marriage or your parents not agreeing with your decision to not attend college. It’s difficult to face the roots of rejection. But sister, let me tell you that the freedom you experience after you no longer allow this struggle to keep you enslaved is worth it. It’s a hard emotion to experience and one many of us avoid facing.
Let me explain. Sometimes we can experience rejection so much that we learn to live with it and never confront it. Additionally, we learn to cover it up and push it deep in our hearts, in an attempt to forget about the rejection we faced. If we’re honest, we have given rejection permission to inhabit our lives.
I encourage you to sit quietly with God and bring a journal. Allow God to speak to you and examine your heart. To overcome rejection, you have to get to the root of it.
2. Forgive and Let Go
When you have experienced rejection, it’s easy to harbor resentment and even unforgiveness towards those who rejected you. However, you have to let go and forgive them. It’s not about forgiving them for their sake, but forgiving them for your own soul’s salvation.
The Bible says in Mark 11:25 in the New International Version (NIV), “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
It is time that you forgive those who rejected you.
You have to come to this moment with God, that even if those you love reject you, that the most important thing is that you honor Him with your life. You cannot allow rejection from those you love to prevent you from living out your purpose and ALL that God has in store. It’s time to allow God to heal the rejection you feel and have experienced from those you hold close to your heart. Forgive them. Love them. Trust God with the plans He has for your life!
3. Build a Godly Foundation
Oftentimes we allow rejection to be the foundation we use to build our future. Instead, the foundation in which your life should be constructed is by the Word of God. Those of us who allow rejection to prevent us from completing the work that God has called us to do, have allowed rejection to be our foundation.
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Don’t allow past rejection to dictate your future.
Mark 7:24-27 in the English Standard Version (ESV) reads, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Now that you examined where rejection resides and made a decision to forgive those who rejected you, it’s time to ensure you build a Godly foundation. Building a Godly foundation is so important. If you’re going to overcome rejection and strive to allow it to no longer have permission in your life, then you have to build a foundation on God’s Word. Let the Word be the source that you always run to.
4. Know Your Identity
It’s essential to know your identity in Christ as a woman. Many times, women who struggle with rejection, don’t have a clear understanding of who they are in God.
Asking who you are as a woman cannot be answered without seeking God. When you seek out your identity outside of God, you will end up adopting an array of characteristics that may not be who God wanted you to be like. You must seek God to know who you are especially if you’re going to overcome rejection.
The Word of God says in Jeremiah 1:5 in the English Standard Translation (ESV), “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
God knew who you were before you were born. He knew the personality He wanted you to have, your smile, your laugh, and so much more. Friend, it’s time to become the woman that God called you to be!