How to Handle Rejection
by Diana Scothorn
Rejection is a tool of the enemy, and Satan’s primary job is to see to it we feel discounted and live with no purpose. He thrives when rejection causes us to say, “WHAT’S THE USE”! Also translated- “My life is useless.”
Having been abandoned, left with a small baby at 21 years of age, a victim of verbal, sexual, and physical abuse, and betrayal resulting in a failed marriage, I know rejection firsthand.
The devil wants to cause a root of rejection, so we will ultimately reject God. God’s love will never leave or reject us. His love remains forever. Wounded hearts can receive correction as rejection. However, God loves us through correction.
I’ve learned correction is…
…, not rejection when it’s done in love from God above. Correction from God is good. It’s not good to reject God’s correction. Correction is typically associated with something wrong. However, it’s also defined as something applied to make an adjustment to increase accuracy.
Thessalonians 1:8 says, “Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you His Holy Spirit.”
God makes small adjustments to keep us from drifting from the truth. Small steps in the wrong direction consistently, can eventually change the course of our entire destination. Likewise, minor adjustments in the right direction can do the same.
God knows the slightest shift in the wrong direction can alter His plans and purposes for our life. It’s essential for our healthy being that we stay on course.
It’s funny how we tend not to like correction but love to be correct. Rejection causes a seed that nurtures the need to be correct.
Correct is to set or make true, it’s being accurate or right. God uses correction to see the truth and get it right. He wants to know that we live a life free of error.
God knows when we make an error, we are deviating from the truth. The bottom line is that we believe something that is not true. The devil wants us to believe we will forever be alone, in debt, in pain, and hopeless. That is a big fat life for the sake of a permanent root of rejection.
God will often correct in a still, small voice. Sadly, if we live in rejection, hearts become hardened to hear the voice of truth. The devil perverts the truth and twists our motives. He wants us to live in bondage, strife, chaos, and rejection.
God wants us to walk in His truth, so we can be set free and stay free. John 8:32 says, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” When we come to the place spiritually where we welcome correction from God, we are growing up spiritually.
I haven’t arrived, but thank God I have definitely left the train station. I love what Joyce Meyer says, “When we receive salvation, it puts a smile on our face. When we grow up spiritually, it puts a smile on God’s face!”
I can perceive corrections as rejection or receive God’s correction as lovingly guiding me in the right direction.
Diana Scothorn published author of “Daily Dose with Diana“, has a heart for helping women succeed, with a focus on a strong, spiritual, mental, and physical core. Diana’s background in the health and fitness world began with one of the most iconic names in fitness, Richard Simons. Overseeing ladies’ health clubs for 10-plus years allowed Diana to step into a passion for marketplace ministry even before ministering the gospel in business was widely accepted.
She’s been married to her prince charming, Stewart, going on 12 years, and they enjoy spending time with their 4 kids and 8 grandchildren. Both are ordained ministers of the Gospel, serve on the board of several well-known ministries, and are also co-owners of, The Benefit Link, Inc., a marketplace ministry business, which has been number one in the field for over 25 years and is licensed in all 50 States, serving senior citizens in need of compassion, prayer, and guidance when facing the challenges of the Medicare maze.
Diana’s been featured in Society Magazine’s Successful Business Women of the Year for 2018, 2019, and 2020. As an international speaker, Diana has traveled abroad for over 10 years, along with her husband, to help support missions throughout Europe and South America, focusing on funding the Kingdom and advancing the gospel.