Did you know that it is possible to reach a place where you do not need anyones approval to feel good about yourself? This is a place where you are completely satisfied with the knowledge that God loves you.
I agree that being rejected by people is hard on our flesh. It is not easy to be passed over for a promotion or to have someone call you a name. God did not create us to be rejected.
Jesus loves you. It may not bless us to have people reject us but in light of eternity their opinion should never be given a place higher than God’s opinion of us.
To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.
People may call us names. Our coworkers may be given credit for our work or we may be overlooked at promotion time. We do not have to let these things affect us because we are accepted by our Creator just as we are.
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
The disciples warned Jesus that His teachings were offending the Pharisees. These were the leaders of the Jewish religion. It obviously bothered the disciples that they would not like Jesus. Notice Jesus’ response.
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
So the Pharisees opinion mattered to the disciple but it did not matter to Jesus. We need to ask ourselves whose opinion matters most to us. Is it the person criticizing us or is it Jesus’?
Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
Jesus did not hesitate to speak the truth. When they asked Him how they could eat His flesh and drink His blood He did not try to water down His statement.
“You must not have understood what I meant. I apologize for this.”
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father. From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Jesus did not explain Himself and pressed His point even further resulting in many of His followers leaving Him. We see no evidence in Scripture of this upsetting Him.
We have become far too fearful of what other people have to say about us. Jesus never explained Himself. He only sought to do what the Father told Him to do and say what the Father told Him to say.
I am not saying that we do not love people. The question though is whether or not we will love them enough to tell them the truth.
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.
There are Christians who are afraid to speak the truth to their family and neighbors. They are afraid of being rejected or of offending the people. I used to be one of these until I realized the root was a love of myself and my reputation. The person who withholds the truth out of a fear of being rejected loves themselves more than the person who could have heard the truth and been set free.
I will close with one final question. Do you love other people more than yourself enough to share the truth? We all must come to the place where we are not afraid of telling people the truth.
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An associate and I were just discussing knowing who you are yesterday. When you know who you are in Christ—God’s approval is enough. Blessings and Peace.