Week Five: In God's Love

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On the night of Jesus’ betrayal, Jesus was totally abandoned by everyone.  Total rejection.  You see this in John 18.  At this time in Jesus’ ministry, everything He came to do is colliding.   It is a time of uncertainty for everyone, except Jesus. 

Jesus never hid His actions and words from anyone.  When He was arrested, He readily told those that came to seize Him that He was the man they were looking for.  Jesus already knew what was going to happen in the next four days.  The suffering, the ridicule, the judgement and – the loneliness.  Then the final victory.

Have you ever been truly lonely?  Soul hurting, gut twisting loneliness?  You can experience this deep loneliness and still be in the presence of many other people, including your loved ones.  It is when everything is on you.  There is no one to help you, and all you receive is the rejection from all those you know and trust.

Jesus knows this loneliness.  We have a God who did not and does not sit away from us and guess at what we are enduring.  We have a God who has endured all we endure and beyond.  Jesus knows what rejection is.  He was loved then scorned, honored then hated, welcomed then persecuted.  Not just by His enemies either. 

Jesus felt deep rejection from the religious leaders of His day, the very ones you would think would know and recognize Him. 

He was rejected by His followers.                    

Where were all the people, who just a few days before, were shouting Hosanna and Praise to Jesus while laying palms down to soften his road? 

And then His disciples.  They scattered when He was arrested. 

Peter, upon whom, a few hours before, Jesus said He would build His church on, infamously denied Jesus three times on the night of His arrest. 

Jesus knew loneliness, abandonment, rejection. 

Jesus came to help us.  In so doing, He became fully human and experienced all that we experience.   Jesus knows what it is like to be rejected and totally alone.  Jesus came so we would be reconciled to God, to provide a sacrifice for our sins and give us eternal life.

Jesus now sits at the right hand of God and is our advocate when we come to God.  Jesus knows loneliness and rejection, and He died for us so we would never be rejected by God, forever.  

Derrick and Pamela Morton

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Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day One:

DAILY — PRAYING SCRIPTURE

Throughout the ages, God has been there for us.  He has never left us or abandoned us in any circumstance.  When you feel totally alone and rejected, God is there.  The love, the power, the guidance and the help of Almighty God is there with you.  Rely on God and His promises.

Psalms 94:14-19:  Heavenly Father, You promise not to abandon me or forsake me as your inheritance.  I will be upright in my heart to receive your righteous judgement.  You have promised to stand up for me against wickedness and those who would harm me.  I survive only with Your help.  If my foot slips, your lovingkindness will hold me up.  When I am anxious, You are there to console me.  Thank You, Lord, for your steadfast love that will always be there when I am alone and rejected by others. Amen.

Ask Yourself: Do I lean on God in all my tribulations?  God has promised to be there for me, do I reach out to Him when I feel all alone?  What can I do to trust Him more?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Two:

We have all rejected Jesus in our actions and our words.  Even still, Jesus is there for us.  He knows what has happened, what is happening and what will happen.  Nothing is a surprise to Him.  Yet, He remains steadfast in His love and support, even in our rejection.

Matthew 26:31-32:  Jesus, even when You know that I will turn and reject You, You stand steadfast to me.  You know my heart, my weakness and You still love me. You sacrificed everything for me.  Let me seek You in my times of sorrow, my times of trial.  Let me seek You in my times of joy, my times of increase.  Lord, You, are here with me, and You will never leave me alone.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Ask Yourself:  Have you ever been rejected and felt totally alone?  Did you turn to Jesus who is always there for you?  Will you trust Jesus, even when everyone else has scattered like sheep?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Three:

Jesus has provided everything.  We just need to continue to accept Him and His provision.  He is our foundation the cornerstone that sets everything right.

Luke 20:17:  Jesus, while others have rejected You, I accept You as my Lord and Savior.  Jesus, I want to build my life in a manner that reflects You.  You are my cornerstone, my foundation which supports all that I am and all that I will be. Amen.

Ask Yourself:  Is Jesus my cornerstone?  Do you work to build from the foundation set by Jesus?  Jesus is there, true and correct, do you build your life on His values as your corner stone?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Four: 

Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves, and He chooses to love us and accept us.  He knows what rejection is, what loneliness is.  Jesus knows what you are going through because He has endured it Himself.  We have a God who knows us because he became fully human.  Accept Him as He accepts each of us.

Luke 22:60-62: Jesus, you know me so well.  I fail You, yet You love me and forgive me.  Lord, let me follow You and forgive and love others.  In your darkest hour, You still cared for Peter and never abandoned him.  Thank You, Lord Jesus, for caring for me and being with me even when I feel so isolated and rejected.  You are there.  Teach me as You taught Peter.  Thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Ask Yourself: Jesus is there even when you have denied Him. Did you know Jesus will never leave you?  Did you know you are the apple of Jesus’ eye?  Did you know you are valuable?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Five: 

Jesus loves us deeply, regardless of where we are or where we’ve been.  Jesus cares about today and beyond yesterday.  He forgives, He teaches, He loves.  How can we reject that kind of acceptance?  Even with full rejection by Peter, Jesus still loved him, believed in him, trusted him, and forgave him.  The same is there for you.

John 21:15-17 — Jesus, I do love You. I want to be close to You.  Thank You for your forgiveness in all I have done.  Lord, let me now feed Your sheep, to be a light for You on this earth.  Lord, let me conform more to You each day and to serve those who need You and those who also love You.  Jesus, You know all things and know my heart. Let me serve You and love You all the days of my life.  I praise You and thank You, Jesus. Amen.

Ask Yourself — Jesus how can I show You my love today?  How can I help others know You better?  How can I be more like You today?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Six: 

Jesus, You stand ready to receive us and welcome us home to You.  We want to accept You as our Savior and Lord.  We are the prodigal returning to your welcoming and loving arms.

Luke 15:11-20 — Jesus, even though I have left You, even though I have not valued your wealth, You still love me and welcome me home to You.  Lord, I have squandered Your wealth, and I have sinned against You.  I have turned to the world for my answers only to be disappointed and poor.  Jesus, You are waiting everyday for my return to You.  To rejoice with me in that return.  Your forgiveness is so complete that I am fully restored as an adopted heir with You.  Thank You, Jesus, for your immeasurable love and forgiveness.  Amen.

Ask Yourself — Have you ever left Jesus? He is waiting.  Have you felt rejected and alone?  He is waiting.  Have you thought of return and full surrender to Jesus?  He is waiting.  Do you know you are valuable and will never be rejected by Jesus?  He is waiting.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.


Day Seven: 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, because I trust that everything lives and moves and has its being in Your love, show me when and how to be quiet and silent — how to listen to You. God, show me how to deal with rejection and lean on You. Amen.

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Look over you notes/prayers from the past week.  What seems meaningful to you?  Did you receive any insight, inspiration, or challenge?  Does something require more prayer? Does something require you to take action?  Jesus is always there for you, but you must seek Him.  You are valuable to Him and He will never reject you.  He is waiting.  Whatever your experience was this week, stay committed.  God is!

Catherine HortonComment