The Pain of Rejection
As a parent, one of the most heartbreaking experiences occurs when your child is rejected, ostracized or mocked. It’s hard to hear about it but it is even more painful to personally see it. I witnessed this firsthand a few days ago when my son casually approached a couple of boys his age to ask them a question. They not only completely ignored him but they also walked away, leaving him hanging mid-sentence. Whether there was a reason or not for their behavior, the situation hurt me deeply. What made it even more heartbreaking was my son’s reaction to the ordeal. When I brought it up, he brushed it off like it was a common occurrence and went about what he was doing, seemingly unfazed by what had happened. Rejection is not new to him as he sometimes tends to have difficulty relating socially to his peers. These frequent occurrences have only lessened its sting and as a result, he has become more accepting of it. I know it still hurts him though, but it hurts me even more.
The need to protect or even retaliate when someone has hurt your child, especially when it is unwarranted, is second nature to any loving parent. I can only imagine the pain that God must have experienced when He sacrificed His only Son for the forgiveness of our sins.
John 3:16: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus’ mother Mary also experienced a desperate anguish not only because of the cruelty towards her Son, but also because she was helpless to stop it.
Luke 2:33-35: Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
Their Son’s loving, willing and forgiving response in the midst of His undeserved persecution, mockery, condemnation and crucifixion must have made it even more agonizing for them.
Luke 22:44: And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.
Luke 22:42: Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.
Luke 23:34: Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Jesus died for our salvation more than 2000 years ago and to this day, the mockery and rejection continue as many people denigrate His name, mock His deity and diminish His sacrifice. As a mother who has experienced the pain of rejection, I understand the sadness that God must feel when He sees his children desecrating and throwing away His precious gift to us – His only Son. It propels me even more to show God’s love through my day to day relationships so that others are blessed and come to accept His Son Jesus Christ and the gift of salvation that was made possible through His death.
Ephesians 2:8: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God (through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ)
Have you ever experienced rejection? Do you have a child that has experienced rejection? How has it affected your faith or your walk with God?