In teaching and in life, there are many opportunities for feeling rejected. A student refuses to show up for tutoring. A husband grouchily responds to your morning questions. It’s easy to make life’s little rejections into a story about yourself. I’m not good enough. I’m unworthy. Nobody will ever accept me.

Sometimes it’s really about a past hurt where you felt rejected by someone. I remember being rejected by my friends frequently in elementary school. I had a friend group and one girl was the ring leader. She would randomly decide that on certain days, the friend group would run away from one member of the group and refuse to play with them. Frequently, it was me. Even in my adult life, it’s been hard to overcome feelings of inadequacy in my relationships. I have a story in my mind that eventually everyone in my life will see that I’m not enough and run away.

Yet that is NOT how God sees me. His message is unending love and radical acceptance. There will never be a point in my life when God will realize my lack of worth and run away. He will never reject my personality or sense of humor or my love. He loves me exactly the way I am right now in this moment without qualifications. His love for me is big, wide, long, endless. I cannot fathom its depth. While I was still in sin, He paid my ransom. He exchanged my filth and disobedience for His Son’s righteousness.

And that’s how He sees you today too. You are worthy. You are accepted. No qualifications. It will never change. His love for you is constant, unchanging, reliable, safe. Run to Him today. When you face rejection, He is there. He will never be the one running away from you. He created everything; He knows every intimate detail of your life. He knows your mistakes, regrets, hurts. And He accepts and love you beyond measure.

For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”

–Ephesians 3:14-19

Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

–Romans 5:7-8

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