Rejection is the greatest emotional pain we can experience.
We fear that the ones we love the most will face rejection, but what happens when we are the ones who are thrown to the side and discarded. The emotional trauma that comes from losing approval or being betrayed is a pain we all fear. But how does God view rejection and hurt in our lives?
As a pastor, I have experienced betrayal and hurt in my ministry—sometimes from those closest to me. People fill a void of loneliness in our lives, so we allow them to see us in our most vulnerable state—without the charade of perfection we normally put on. We allow them into our thoughts and ideas. Then without warning, the hurt of judgment and rejection comes and leaves a gaping hole.
To be discarded is to experience a similar suffering as Jesus. The Lord, however, gives restoration and peace. He was crucified by His own people and doubted by His own family. Rejection from family and friends was a pain the Lord felt before us. Only He can restore our hearts and rehabilitate us with His perfect love.
Whenever I’ve been hurt, God has restored my ability to love and trust people. The only requirement is giving Him our hurts in exchange for His love. People often hurt us because they have unhealed wounds of rejection themselves. Stopping the cycle involves giving our hurts to God and seeing beyond the person’s actions.
We are special to the Lord, and He wants us emotionally and spiritually secure. Hurt will find us all, but the hurt doesn’t have to leave a permanent imprint on our souls.
Allow the Lord to restore your heart today by giving Him your hurt in exchange for His love.
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