Beyond rejection - Hope 103.2

Beyond rejection

By David ReayThursday 23 Jan 2014LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Romans 8:14-17

14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.

15 So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead,you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him,”Abba,Father.” 16 For his Spirit joins with our spirit to affirm that we are God’s children. 17 And since we are his children,we are his heirs. In fact,together with Christ we are heirs of God’s glory. But if we are to share his glory,we must also share his suffering. (NLT)

A ‘reject’ is something that is not wanted,not fit for purpose,unsatisfactory,second rate. It is something we don’t want to have. It is the opposite of ‘acceptable’.

Not only things can be rejects. People can experience themselves as rejects. Perhaps through early-childhood experiences or later troubles,some see themselves as second rate and unworthy of acceptance in any reasonable society. This plays itself out in all sorts of ways ranging from rage to fear,from withdrawal to manic desire to please.

The roots and the treatment of rejection are complex. But the end result of any such treatment and consideration is what is found in our passage today. God reaches out to us and accepts us as children adopted into his forever family. As we put our trust in Jesus and what he has done on our behalf,we are made acceptable by that trust. We are made acceptable by the accepted one,Jesus.

If the creator of our world and the source of all goodness finds us acceptable,then we recognise rejection for what it is: an alien and distorted view of reality. The Father’s acceptance of us in Christ is what challenges our mistaken notions of ourselves which give rise to feelings of rejection. Such feelings are real and painful,but they are not the primary reality. That reality is the all-accepting love of God.

David Reay


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