TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, August 10, 2017:
The feeling of not being wanted as imperfect or unwanted; a low self-esteem.
Therefore accept one another, just as Christ also accepted us to the glory of God. Romans 15:7.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Having watched on television and hearing on the radio as well as reading in newspapers of the mistreatment of children in the world today, we realized that many children, youth and adults are dealing with self-rejection because they have been rejected by their families. With that thought in mind we want to share a few thoughts with you today from God’s Word.
It is a known fact that children wounded by abuse when a child can be scarred for life. Even mild hurts can fester and affect relationships and one’s self-image. Self-rejection can usually be traced to being felt unaccepted and unloved by someone close at a young age.
There are several evidences to look for in a person who is suffering from self-rejection. When a person has difficulty accepting himself as important they have a tendency to criticize others. Innocent comments are often misconstrued as personal attacks on the person feeling rejected. Feelings of inferiority often lead to fear of failure and criticism which can lead to procrastination and lack of drive.
Another outcome of self-rejection is unpredictable anger. People who are hurt or feel rejected find themselves easily frustrated. They become loners and are constantly overly concerned about others’ opinions.
One may ask how to conquer the feeling of self-rejection. The scriptures give us several solutions for us to consider.
First, we need to develop a sense of belonging as is written in Romans 8:15-17. Christians are members of our heavenly Father’s family. Since we are a member of God’s family we are told that God will never desert us nor will never leave us (Hebrews 13:5).
Secondly, we must develop a sense of self-worth. God created us and what God creates is never worthless. Not only did God create us, but He loves each one of us so much that He gave His only Son to die on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins. Our value does not change with circumstances. Our value is based on God’s infinite and unchanging love.
And finally, we must have a sense of competence. Romans 8:11 teaches us that the Holy Spirit is dwelling in us. We cannot live a successful Christian life on our own. But when we are obedient to God’s Word the Holy Spirit guides us and enables us to be victorious in all things. We can trust Him to give us the victory over all feelings of self-rejection.
Our memory verse for this week is found in I Chronicles 16:25:
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is also to be feared above all gods.
Help me to overcome all my feelings of self-rejection in my life. Help me to develop a sense of belonging to Your family, a sense of worth based on Your unchanging love and a sense of competence by the assurance the Holy Spirit is guiding my every step.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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