CBN.com “Do you know what it’s like to be rejected of man?” My poem “Once Rejected” from the book I Choose You: A Poetic Journey, starts off with this question. Sooner or later in our lives, we each experience rejection. We likely will not escape life without going through this very difficult emotional experience.
Some of my earliest memories I remember having a hard time accepting myself. I had dark skin and most of my fellow students did not. My father was light skin with straight hair; I was not. In the islands, I likely would never have dealt with feeling inferior about my color, but in the states I did. I felt rejected and I rejected myself.
Some of you may have suffered rejection as a result of some traumatic experience and it was so heavy that you have been unable to release these feelings. It created a root of rejection and you carry it everywhere you go.
Be comforted in this, Jesus paid the price for all the anguish, pain, and rejection you have experienced. He experienced rejection so we would not have to carry rejection the rest of our lives. God’s word says:
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. Ephesians 1:5-6 (NLT)
The NKJV puts the end of verse 6 in these words: “He made us accepted in the Beloved.”
We are no longer rejected, but accepted in Christ. We belong! It took me some years to discover the depth of God’s love exceeds skin, lifestyle, mistakes, sins, etc. “He has made us accepted in the Beloved.” I am accepted, and I am made free (Rev. 1:5b-6).
John 8:2-11 records that story of the woman caught in the act of adultery. If ever anyone was rejected, this woman was. I cannot help but feel that the man committing the adultery was setting up the woman so the Pharisees could have someone to bring before Jesus. She was set up. She was facing being killed in public. She felt betrayed. Death seemed eminent and she was rejected by someone she may have loved.
Was the woman caught in adultery innocent? No. Even though we may have sinned and fallen short, let us hear the words of Jesus sounding in our minds and hearts saying,
“Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.” John 8:10b-11, NLT
“Do you know what it’s like to be rejected of man? Only to find out that you are accepted of God." by Carlos Garcia, I Choose You: A Poetic Journey
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Carlos Garcia, III has recently published an amazing e-book of poetry, I Choose You: A Poetic Journey. He earned a B.A. from Oral Roberts University in Church Ministries and is completing a M.A. in Communication at Regent University. Carlos' experience includes serving as Pastor of Casa de Oración, Inc. He has ministered for over 12 years as a lead phone counselor for Christian Broadcast Network, Inc. addressing a plethora of spiritual and emotional needs. Carlos and his wife, Liz, have been married over twelve years and they have three children. They reside in the Hampton Roads, Virginia.
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