Rejection in relationships can be very subtle and often has nothing to do with the person who is being rejected.  If you were brought up in an environment where rejection was the norm, the pattern can easily be passed on to other relationships. One definition of “reject” is to “dismiss as inadequate, inappropriate, or not to one’s taste”.   Jesus said, “I do not accept praise from men, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?” (John 5:41-44 NIV). People have a variety of ways and reasons for rejecting others, so don’t automatically assume that the rejection you are experiencing has something to do with you! Don’t spend time feeling bad about the other person’s attitude towards you.  Pray and ask God to give insight and wisdom to you in the situation.  Be willing to make changes and to examine your own heart before God. It is our response to rejection that is important. You don’t have to reject the person in return. All you have to do is to reject the rejection, that feeling of being put down, despised or unacceptable. Rejection is like a contagious disease, and a steadfast walk in the Word of God is both the immunization and the cure.

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