Sunday was the first week of our new series in middle school small groups called Me. Here is what we talked about:
Maybe you didn’t make the team. You got dumped by your boyfriend or turned down by your crush. Maybe you weren’t invited to the big party and felt completely left out. Sometimes, even our own parents make us feel rejected. They’re late to our events, they criticize us, and sometimes lose their tempers and yell at us. We’ve all experienced rejection. However it happens, rejection in all its forms hurts. It sticks with us. And it can make us afraid to love others, to trust them, or to open up to them. That’s because, as humans, we’re all asking people to love us. But at some point, each of us will experience the shame and pain of rejection. Even Jesus understands rejection. He’s been there. He’s been hurt by people—people He loves. In looking at His life, we can learn how to trust others and God and what we can do with the hurt that comes from rejection.
The Bottom Line
When I feel reject, God loves me.
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” JOHN 3:16 (NLT)
He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care...But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. ISAIAH 53:3, 5 (NLT)
Angle of Scripture
God loves us, even though we rejected Him, and Jesus understands what we’re experiencing when we are rejected.
Continue the Conversation at Home
- When is the last time you felt rejected?
Why do you think forgiving someone is so difficult, especially when they’ve rejected us?
What is one thing you can do this week to focus on how much you are loved by God?