Often we hide our true selves from people. We put on masks. We pretend. We want to be liked. We want to belong. We’re afraid of one thing- REJECTION.
The good news is that God knows everything about us, and He still loves us! David writes, “O Lord, you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar…” Psalm 139:1-6
Every moment God knows where we are and what we need and He lovingly takes care of us. He knows every bruise and every failure. He knows every fear and every pain. He knows us through and through, yet He loves us with all His heart. His loving gaze is ever upon us.
1 Corinthians 16:14
‘Show love in everything you do.’
Love should be the guiding force in our daily lives. God is love and when we show love, we reflect His character. In a world that is harsh and unforgiving, we should shine His love around us.In everything you do today and in the future, remember to do it all in love.
PRAYER: Lord, may my life reflect Your great love to those around me. Let me not act out of character with the love I have received. Instead let me be a dispenser of Your love to those I come in contact with. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
David is a man we can all relate to. We may not have committed murder or adultery, but we all know the tension of sin, guilt and shame. He tried to hide his sin and committed one crime after another until he was confronted by Nathan the prophet.
Like David, if you’re in the middle of a mess today, don’t hide, don’t flee… own it up. Don’t be its prisoner any longer. Confess your sin to God. And God in all His mercy, grace and compassion will never turn away a repentant heart. He will wash you white as snow. His blood will make you whole.
Dear Jesus, Wash me clean from my guilt. Purify me from my sin. Amen Ps 51:2
Imagine the Lord is near to you all day. Imagine that He is present at every meeting, that He sits next to you at your computer as you type your emails, that He is sitting at your kitchen table at meals, that He’s next to you in your car as you get stressed in traffic jams. Walk with the Lord today, conscious of His presence at all times, and you will be well on your way to being gentle with people. And the people you meet will sense that His power is at work in you. People know a gentle person when they see one. And people appreciate a gentle person more than a hostile one!
Prayer: Dear Lord, let my gentleness be evident this day and always as I walk with You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
What does God expect of you?
Few of us have thought long or hard about this question. The answer is:
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
• Do what is right.
• Love what is kind. The world is rarely kind, but we must cultivate kindness .
• Be humble.
When we live such a life God is truly honored.
In one form or the other, we have all experienced rejection. We all long to be loved, we long to be wanted, and we long to belong. However, we don’t realize we have always been loved, we’ve always been wanted, as Song of Solomon 2:16 tells us, “My beloved is mine and I am His …” Indeed, I am His- we belong to Him. While others have rejected us, He wholeheartedly accepts us.
He died to make us His own. No one love us like He does.
Confession: Jesus, I am Yours and You are mine.
In Christ we have a love that can never be fathomed; a life that can never die; a righteousness that can never be tarnished; a peace that can never be understood; a rest that can never be disturbed; a joy that can never be diminished; a hope that can never be disappointed; a glory that can never be clouded; a light that can never be darkened; a happiness that can never be interrupted; a strength that can never be enfeebled; a purity that can never be defiled; a beauty that can never be marred; a wisdom that can never be baffled; and resources that can never be exhausted.
If that is true-and it is-how could we ever go anywhere else?
As part of the family of God, we are told to clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Col 3:12) It’s like wearing a particular brand of clothing… soon enough people will begin to recognise you for what you wear. Our ‘position’ as Christians should never cause us to think we are above anyone else, but rather it awakens within us the ability to support, help and shoulder the burden of others… bring hope in heartache, peace in fear, help in time of need, and ultimately the life giving power of the gospel to a hungry and thirsty world.
Sometimes situations and people can cause us to feel unloved and even rejected. The enemy wants us to feel isolated, dejected and depressed. But look what the Lord says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 No matter what it looks like or feels like, He loves you and is always thinking of you. Remember He died to make you His child. His death on the cross is proof enough that you are worth more than anything in His eyes.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
How do you overcome the fear of rejection? You start by putting God first. Then, you put the opinions of others in a proper place. Don’t overvalue what they say. What they say about you doesn’t change what God says about you. Look what God says about you, “You are precious and honoured in my sight, and I love you.” Isaiah 43:4
Let us not take to heart what people say about us, but know the love and acceptance of God and set our goal to please God and serve Him all the more.