At the request of Stonecroft Ministries, I’m producing a 7-part teaching DVD and study guide based on Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman’s Guide to Peace in Every Situation for small groups. I’ll teach the sixth session later this week. It’s titled, “Will You Love the Real Me?” and addresses the fear of personal rejection.
I’ve faced rejection many times. One of the most hurtful happened when a fellow to whom I’d been engaged dumped me when another young woman attracted his attention. His attitude and actions left me doubting my worth and feeling completely unlovable. The fact that he’d said he loved me but later reneged broke my heart and left me with trust issues that carried into my marriage years later.
My feelings of worthlessness stuck like Velcro for ‘way too long. What finally helped me move beyond their grip? Catching wee glimpses of God’s love for me as expressed in His Word and choosing to trust His integrity with the depths of my heart.
How much does He love me and thee? We can’t even begin to count the ways! His devotion to us supersedes anything our minds can comprehend. “His unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth…the love of the Lord remains forever with those who fear him,” says Psalm 103:11,17.
Will God turn His back on those whose hearts are bent on pleasing Him? Not a chance. Will He tire of us and cast us aside? Never. Will He betray us by taking His love from us and giving it to someone else? No, no, no. God’s love for us cannot be measured and it will never, ever fail.
So long as we’re warm and breathing, we face the possibility of personal rejection by other human beings. But God’s love for us remains forever. Can we trust Him? Yes. Do we trust Him? That’s another question.
What insights do you have about God’s love for His children? We’d love to hear from you!