John 3:16-17 (NIV)
For God so loved the world that he gave…
God showed His love through giving… giving Himself (2 Corinthians 8:9). Jesus is the greatest Gift we could ever receive.
(verse 16)…he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
We were created for acceptance. To accept Him as Savior and truly live!
(verse 17) For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
Jesus came not to condemn us but to save us. God loves us, wants us, is willing to accept us as His children if we will accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Our very beings were made to accept and be accepted. So in this world when we experience rejection and exclusion it can send us in a tailspin of hurt that either implodes or exudes from us in a million different shared and broken ways, that threaten to scar even those around us!
The only way to combat this tailspin is to keep Jesus as our first thought. Joseph set’s a good example in Genesis 45:5-9. The wrong done to Joseph is recounted yet combated with a confident thought life given to God Almighty’s good sovereign plan and hand working in and over his life! The key is a relationship built on trust. Trust that enables us to walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7) when we cannot seem to see God working in the background of our circumstances. Trust in His faithful Word that He is ALWAYS working (John 5:17) even at this very moment for the good of those that love Him (Romans 8:28) even if we cannot see or comprehend it (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:3 (NIV) “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18 (NIV) Jesus persevered by the power of the Holy Spirit to save us. “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, Luke 4:18 (NIV)
Our God has equipped us with His Spirit, everything we need to overcome the rejection of this world as He accomplishes His purpose through us. being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) “But blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
When we keep Jesus as our first thought in all situations, decisions, circumstances, reactions and yes, even when we experience rejections, we will find the strength to orient or reorient (if need be) on Truth. You and I were created for acceptance, an acceptance made possible through Christ’s rejection. Never forget Who understands completely, your hurt in rejection (Hebrews 4:15). He is the One whose Spirit will sustain you as you do what you were created to do.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV) … And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 (NIV)
You are deeply loved by God; accept The Truth.
You were made for great purpose; reflect The Truth for others to accept too.
How?… Keep Jesus as your first thought and follow His example (thought, word and action) set in His Word. Show His love through the giving of yourself in the strength He provides, not to condemn but rather that others might see His heart of love and acceptance through you and be saved by Truth (John 14:6).
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NLT) I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NIV) What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 (NIV) No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NIV)