In Chapter 6 of Emotions, Charles Stanley discusses three Scriptural principles we need to escape the bonds of rejection. The first two principles are presented today.
1. Belonging through God’s adoption. Dr. Stanley emphasizes that it’s important to first understand that nothing can separate us from God’s love, because at times it is very difficult to pinpoint the source of our feelings of rejection. While our surface issue is obvious- our ministry downsizing or vocation loss- if we dig deeper we may discover foundational events that have affected us in a devastating manner. The author states that we need to embrace ourselves as God sees us:
“We must start building our identities anew from the understanding that He wants us and invites us to belong to His family.”
2. Worth through a relationship with Christ. Suffering from the wounds of rejection, we struggle with feeling worthy of love and respect. Our worthiness comes from Jesus’ death on the Cross and immeasurable value because we have been place in Christ (Ephesians 1: 18- 23). Yet, as Dr. Stanley notes: “It takes time and the Spirit of God working in you to heal the wounds you bear.” We’re coheirs with Christ and our inheritance is the kingdom of God.
Today’s question: What Bible verses have been especially powerful reminders that you’re a child of God? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “For such a time as this- Part 2”