The Most Dangerous Rejection of All

Recently someone hurt me -- intentionally. My heart went from a happy heart enjoying God’s blessings on a nice wintry day to an angry heart that was disappointed and distracted – and a mouth that wanted to rant. I was tempted to reject someone.

As believers, we know better than to reject anyone; yet there are times we do it anyway. Who are you most apt to reject? Someone who was mean to you? Someone who spread rumors about you? Someone who cheated you? Someone who hurt someone you love? Or perhaps someone who just doesn’t measure up to your “standards?”

Although most of us have been victims of some kind of rejection, we need to take a look at ourselves to be sure we are not the ones doing the rejecting. The earthly brother of Jesus gave us this warning:

“For judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

In my situation, I settled down with a glass of tea and thought about what my response should be – and, to be honest, I was probably more “into” the whole idea, because I’ve been seriously focusing on rejection as I’ve been writing for you. As I pondered, I realized that I didn’t know the heart and hurts of this person.

As Rick Warren reminds us: “Hurt people hurt people.” I acknowledged to God that this person was probably hurting – and even though what was done was intentional, my best plan of action was to quietly show mercy – and let mercy win the day and bring peace to my heart.

And since our Scripture says, “judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy,” my only good option was to choose mercy!
 
But the most dangerous rejection of all has other eternal consequences; and that’s the rejection of Jesus Christ. He told us: “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” (John 12:48) 

We may think we would never reject Jesus, but have we rejected His teachings? Have we ignored His commands? Have we welcomed the fruit of His Spirit into our way of life? Do we value what He values? Have we failed to show mercy? When we fail to receive His words in our heart and in our life, we are actually rejecting Him, aren’t we?

Father, forgive me when I fail to show the mercy You have shown me. Draw me near to Your heart – so near that there is no room for me to wander from Your principles or to reject You. Amen.

By Judy Shrout

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