A vicious circle

A vicious circle

There’s a group talking, and you’re just on the outside of the tight knitted circle. Horrible feeling isn’t it?

Do they know you’re there?

For many, rejection is a vicious circle. It leads to low self-esteem and then to an extreme sensitivity to hurt. You feel a bit like a wounded animal and it’s a lonely road from there.

You start to find purpose in the things that interest you, and those things begin to shape who you are and the way you act.

This might gloss over your struggle with rejection for a time but it’s only for a time. Does this need curing? Perhaps the idea of there being a cure sounds a little bit crazy. But there is and you can have it!

Here’s where Jesus steps in

There’s often a danger of sounding corny when turning to the Bible for answers, maybe you tend to think ‘oh here we go again’ but just listen to what Isaiah said of Jesus in the Old Testament...

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isaiah 53:3

It’s quite easy to assume that the Bible is just a dusty old ancient book with no relevance to today’s world but here we have Jesus experiencing rejection.

The powerful thing to note here is that Jesus was, in fact, God! He proved that through His resurrection.

However, the fact that Jesus experienced those same emotions you’re now feeling despite being God says something about what he’s like. He loved you enough to experience those feelings himself.

Jesus knows rejection but he’s also sympathetic towards you in your rejection. He knows your pain and your struggle, but he also offers an acceptance that’s way better than the acceptance of the people you know.

It’s Jesus’ desire that we find our satisfaction in who he is and, in doing that, we come to know that his acceptance and love outshines everything else!

Take heart! Jesus notices you and he hasn’t missed a heartbeat or a teardrop. He wants you for himself and he wants to heal you!