Perceived rejection is a sneaky tactic.
We all hate the word “No.”
It’s a negative word because at the heart of it it means we don’t get what we want but I’ve found God uses that word to grow us up and mature us. Dealing with rejection is something that we all have to do at some point in our lives. I wrote about it here and here before. But this post is about something that maybe we haven’t thought about before and that is a “perceived rejection.” A perceived rejection is different and sneakier because it isn’t out right and it may come through a comment, a look, a tone or some other avenue. The problem is it may not even be real. We may not even be rejected but in fact because we base our offenses on past experiences we immediately take it as rejection. Honestly this is an area I’ve struggled with for years. I believe though that with God’s help we can see the truth for what it is. We don’t have to live offended and broken. We can live in freedom from rejection but we must discern what is real rejection and what is false.
The one thing I know is that when those closest to us truly reject us and even go to great lengths to distance themselves from us, God is there. God is there to wrap His arms around us even when we feel the loneliest. We are never alone. God is here. Right now.
You are never rejected.