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“A wounded spirit who can bear?” (Proverbs 18:14)
Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal.
— from the hymn “Come Ye Disconsolate”
This article is from a six-part series that ran in our free online publication, A Healing Moment. You might want to begin with the first part of the series.
Now that we’ve learned how to cut the roots of rejection to be free of it’s strangle-hold on us forever, we have to consider the opposite of rejection. Acceptance. The Bible says God “has made us accepted in the beloved” (Ephesians 1:6).
Jesus was rejected so that we who were unworthy rebels might have His acceptance with the Father. The deepest remedy for our problems is to believe that Jesus bore our rejection that we can live in acceptance.
There are problems with earthly parents that will never be resolved. No matter if nobody wanted you, nobody loved you, nobody cared for you properly, even if your parents weren’t married when you were conceived or born – when you entered into the family of God, you became part of the best family in the universe! God has no step-children. No favorites.
If you feel like nobody loves you, or your husband did you wrong, or your children don’t appreciate you, God still wants you! You’re accepted in His eyes. He’s wanting you to come home. Just like the story of the prodigal son, they didn’t have to go find the father to tell him his son was coming back home. The father was out there looking for him. Your Father is looking for you to believe in the work of the cross. Apply your faith to the finished work of Jesus. God’s got the best robe in the universe for you and a ring to symbolize whose family you belong to!
Christ bore all of our agony of rejection. We are now accepted because of His rejection. For many this simple revelation is enough to resolve problems rooted in rejection. For others it may take more. For those, here are a few steps to take if you are troubled with rejection.
1. Forgive those who have rejected you. Whether they are alive or not. Forgive them for your own sake!
2. Lay down bitterness, resentment, hatred, and rebellion. These things will eat your flesh up!
3. Accept it! You are accepted in Christ and God accepts you.
4. Accept yourself! This may be the hardest part, but remember you are God’s handiwork. “Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus?” (Romans 9:20). Trust Him! You are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Here’s a prayer for you from Derek Prince:
Father, I forgive. I lay down bitterness, resentment, hatred, rebellion. I thank You, God, that I’m accepted in Christ. I’m a child of God. I belong to the best family in the universe. There’s royal blood in my veins.
Lord Jesus Christ, I believe You are the Son of God and the only way to God.. You died on the cross for my sins, and You rose again from the dead. I repent of all my sins, and I forgive every other person, as I would have God forgive me; all those who have rejected me and hurt me or failed to show me love. God, I forgive them all now.
I trust You for forgiveness, and I believe, Lord, that You accept me right now as I am in Christ. I’m accepted; I’m highly favored; I’m the object of Your special care; You really love me; You want me. You are my Father.
Lord, thank You! I accept myself in Christ the way You made me. I’m Your workmanship. I thank You for what You’ve done, and I believe that You’ve begun a good work in me and will perform it until the day of Christ. Lord, I release myself now from any dark, evil pressure. I release my spirit to rejoice in You.
In Jesus name,
1. “Rejection to Acceptance” an article published in the September 1977 edition of “New Wine, The International Magazine Dedicated to Christian Growth.” Derek’s book, “God’s Remedy for Rejection” can be purchased at Barnes and Noble.
2. “ A More Excellent Way” by Henry Wright. More information on this book can be found on our website because this book has changed my life tremendously: