Paul tells us, “Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.” Galatians 1:10 NLT
A few years ago I was dealt with a harsh blow of rejection from someone close to me. In the midst of my recovery from the pain and shock, I became so focused on my hurt feelings that it was almost impossible for me to think clearly or rationally. I was consumed by thoughts about the rejection.
How could that person have done and said that to me? Do they know how much I have done for them? Have they taken a hard look at themselves?
My human nature wanted to get back at the one who hurt me. Maybe give them a taste of their own medicine. But God had a different plan. He wanted me to handle this challenging and painful situation with understanding and compassion. He wanted me to pray for my “rejecter”. He wanted me to forgive them. Yes, pray for them and YES, forgive them.
Through constant prayer He repeatedly intervened and reassured me of His love. I stumbled across Bible verses dealing with overcoming rejection. He gently reassured me of my worth in His eyes and reminded me that my value wasn’t based on man’s approval, but solely on His.
God’s reassurance and words of encouragement helped wash away my pride and began to replace it with His mercy and grace. I was reminded that I am His and He loves me despite my flaws and insecurities.
As a result, I was able to take my focus off of my rejecter, and instead focus on my approver – Jesus.
Although Jesus may not always approve of our actions or choices, He always approves of us as a person whom He created, whom He loves, and whom He thought was important enough to die for.
Isn’t it comforting to know we never have to try to earn Jesus’ approval, and that we can live with a peace of mind knowing He accepts us no matter what?
Lord, fill us with Your love so we can love others, even when we do not feel loved in return. Please help us to remember the only One we need to seek approval from and that in You alone we can truly believe we are worthy of Your unconditionally loved.