From Rejection to Acceptance, part 1

“A wounded spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14)

In this article, I want to examine a particular problem that affects, in my opinion, millions of people in the United States, as well as countless others throughout the rest of the world. As a result of my ministry over many years, I have become convinced that probably one in fi ve persons in the U.S. is affected in one way or another by the problem of rejection. Rejection, simply defi ned, is the sense of being unwanted, the feeling that although you want people to love you, no one does. Or it is want-ing to be part of a group, but feeling excluded—somehow always being on the outside looking in. I believe one reason why so many people suffer this problem today is the make-up of our society and its pressures, particularly the break-up of family life.

If I were to ask you, “What is the opposite of rejection?” you would probably reply, “Acceptance,” which is the correct answer. In this article and the next we will concentrate on how to move from rejection to acceptance.We begin our study with a picture of rejection found in Isaiah 54:6. This is a very poignant picture of a brokenhearted married woman.“For the LORD has called you like a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, like a youthful wife, when you were refused,” says your God.

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