Expect future rejection as natural in a fallen world.
- Empty yourself of the pride that drives your desire to be accepted by everyone. Realise that it is impossible for you to gain everyone’s approval, and then commit to pleasing God.
- Empathise with others who feel rejected by friends, family, employers, business associates, or anyone else important to them.
- Embrace, if you are a believer, the truth that according to the Bible sharing in the sufferings of Christ is a privilege. As a believer you will experience rejection, just as Jesus did as a man. You are not exempt from being rejected in daily life. Jesus is rejected daily by those who refuse to turn to Him for salvation.
“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed. If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.” (1 Peter 4:12–14)
Plant Scripture in your mind to produce new thought patterns.
- Purpose to renew your mind by selecting meaningful Scriptures to read, meditate on, and commit to memory. These will help you deal with any past, present, or possible future rejection.
- Plan a specific time each day to read God’s Word and to pray.
- Partner with someone who will hold you accountable for applying God’s truth to your heart.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2)
Thank God for what you’ve learned through your rejection.
- “Thank you, Lord, for using my pain to make me more dependent on You; for using my pain to make me less dependent on people; for using my pain to make me more dependent on Your Word.”
“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)