Hard Hearted or Respectful?
Matthew 19:8 (AMP) He said to them, Because of the hardness (stubbornness and perversity) of your hearts Moses permitted you to dismiss and repudiate and divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been so [ordained].
Hard heartedness causes a person to reject others rather than respecting them.
When there is a blockage in the blood flow to the human heart it can cause irreparable damage. An attitude of rejection is a blockage in the heart (soul) of man. When people feel disrespected and dishonored, they try to force others to accept them. This only leads to more rejection because rejection demands further rejection!
In some families, some feel secure while some continually fight for respect. Jacob carried a wound of rejection from being the second born twin, and it became a deep wound in his heart.
We must learn to respect and receive those who battle rejection for them to be healed.
Christ felt the pain of rejection on the cross as the sin of the world settled upon Him. The sinless one cried out: “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46).
For you who feel rejected there is One who understands and pressed through the rejection to gain the prize of many friends.
Jesus has experienced what you feel but refused to let it cut Him off from His “many brethren.” He could have said, “My Father has rejected Me, so I’ll get off this Cross and do what I want. I’ll show Him! I’ll show everyone who mocked and laughed at me!”
But, He did not yield to that temptation any more than He yielded to any other. He gave a sinless life as a ransom for you and I while we were yet His enemies.
Refuse to feel rejected. Refuse to give place to that area of pride. Refuse to be cut off from the Body of Christ in which you are declared, “accepted among the Beloved.”
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