When you experience rejection from the people you love

By: Lisa Wilmore

Scripture: …And when he was come into his own country, he taught them in their synagogue, insomuch that they were astonished, and said, Whence hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty works? Is not this the carpenter’s son? is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? And his sisters, are they not all with us? Whence then hath this man all these things? And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief (Matthew 13:53-58 KJV).

I am excited to greet you in the only name that matters and that name is Jesus Christ. I bless God for waking me up this morning and giving me another opportunity to once again share a word with you.

Today’s message deals with experiencing rejection from the people you love as well as those who are closest to you. Jesus Christ experienced rejection specifically from those who he came to free from bondage. Yet, he was not the first prophet to be rejected in his own country. Jeremiah was also rejected by many, even members of his family.

Have you ever been rejected by family members or friends who you thought would be in your corner no matter what path God has chosen for you? If so, how did you feel when you were rejected by persons you may have thought would celebrate and thank God for what he is doing in and through you? Experiencing rejection is not glamorous and glorious. In fact, those of you who have been rejected understand the hurt, the disappointment, and even the degeneration of rejection.

However, it is important to realize that before your rejection, Jesus was rejected by many. Isaiah prophesied that “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3 KJV).

The aforementioned text highlights Jesus’ rejection by his people. As he taught them, they were astonished, yet offended. Due to the fact that they could not see beyond Jesus’ current status, they could not bring themselves to believe or listen to his message. Because of their unbelief, Jesus did not perform many miracles in his hometown.

So, when you experience rejection from people you love, continue as Jesus did, share with those who want to listen.