John 1:11 ~ He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.
How many of us would spend our last night with someone if we knew they were going to betray us the next day? Jesus did! He was faithful even when they were not. There is no greater opportunity for you to grow in Christian love than when you are rejected and abused. Jesus ask the Father to forgive those who crucified Him.
How we handle rejection reveals whether we have truly died to self and to the world. It’s impossible for a dead man to feel rejection. On the other hand, being rejected without being offended is one of the greatest demonstrations of spiritual maturity.
In the old testament a priest was not allowed to minister if he had scabs – Lev. 21:20. A scab is an unhealed wound. As a result, when you have an unhealed spiritual wound, you are touchy & can’t function the way God wants you to. Consequently it will reflect in the things you say. We need to be healed, for it’s only when you pass the rejection test that you can reach out in love and make others whole.
Let’s ask God to help us live that way ~ Pastor Turner