None of us are going to go through life without ever facing rejection, especially those of us in recovery who deal with issues of codependency. Family and friends who have become accustomed to our codependency are not going to like us setting boundaries and no longer enabling their unhealthy behaviors. Our recovery might be an inconvenience to those who have no desire for growth and being healthy.
Jesus faced rejection all through His life. As an infant, He had to flee His home in order to keep from being killed. Jesus proclaimed Himself the Messiah and His community wanted to throw Him off the cliff near His town. His own people wanted Him dead because He disturbed the order that was set up among the religious leaders. Jesus understands rejection because He too faced rejection.
Growing in recovery, cleaning house, and becoming healthy is not going to be appreciated by everyone. In recovery, we discover quickly who are good for us and who is not. There will be times we face rejection. Christ-centered recovery teaches us how to respond to rejection with grace and understanding. What other people think of us, is none of our business. We look to Jesus who showed us how to handle rejection. While Jesus was on the cross, He asked God to “forgive them for they know not what they do.” Rejection is rarely about our issues, and it’s often about the rejector’s issues.
Written by Jackell.