Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. Mark 8:31 NLT
“It would be best if you didn’t come back.”
The words stung—especially since I was this man’s pastor and his wife was a shut-in I visited regularly. I had made a change at church they didn’t appreciate, and they expressed their displeasure by uninviting me from their house.
Jesus knew about rejection too. Although thousands followed Him, many others rejected Him. Their rejection ultimately led to His arrest, torture, and crucifixion. But He rose above the rejection. Three days after being placed in a tomb, God raised Him up.
Rejection hurts, but rejection is a part of life. Some will always reject us because of our race, social class, religious standing, appearance, political stance, or personality. If Jesus couldn’t please everyone, we won’t either.
Comfort comes in knowing we, too, can rise above rejection. Others will reject us for various reasons, but God never turns us away. God’s love and acceptance are never-ending and always available to any who ask for it.
When others reject you, run to God’s loving arms of comfort.
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Prayer: God of comfort, thank you for always accepting us when others reject us.