Christian Living
Responding to Rejection
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jan 16, 2019
Counting Stars in an Empty Sky

FOR YOUR GIFT OF ANY AMOUNT

The more we depend on being liked and desired by others, the more unsettled and disturbed we will feel when people reject the Gospel. The closer a person is to us, the more we will feel their rejection. We are far more troubled over a loved one's rejection of the Gospel than that of an acquaintance. This rejection can lead to discord in the home, as Scripture explains: "For I have come to turn 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother- in-law—a man's enemies will be the members of his own household'" (Matthew 10:35-36).

Even when our outer peace has crumbled, we are to lovingly speak the Truth of the Gospel.

 
Jesus is not sowing the seeds of discord, but He is warning us that we will experience a temporary loss of outward peace because of those who reject His Gospel. However, Jesus does not tell us to avoid these people who disrupt our outer peace. He does not tell us to pretend that everything is fine though people around us are going to hell. Instead, we are to continue witnessing and sharing about Christ, even if the results are stressful for us. Even if our countenance is shaken, we are to continue loving, ministering, serving, and reaching out.

In humility we are to love everyone, even those who criticize us. We are to pray for those who hate us. We are to reach out to those who reject us. Even when our outer peace has crumbled, we are to lovingly speak the Truth of the Gospel.

Prayer: God, I struggle when people close to me reject the Gospel. In those moments, help me to remember to continue to pray for them and to lovingly speak the Gospel of peace into their lives. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

"Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man" (Luke 6:22).