Luke 10:16 “’The one who listens to you listens to Me, and the one who rejects you rejects Me; and he who rejects Me rejects the One who sent Me.’”
If there is one thing our children need to learn is how to handle rejection. No one likes being rejected. Our feelings get hurt. We wonder why that “someone” doesn’t like us. Not only that, but sometimes that person rejecting us will get others to join with them to ostracize us. It just doesn’t feel good.
So how can we help our children who experience this hurt? Look at the verse. If our children are truly trying to live like Jesus they can expect rejection. But it’s not so much themselves that are being rejected. It’s the Lord Himself. The kind of rejection I am talking about here is rejection from people who do not want to do the right thing. Being around you or your children simply illuminates their wrong decisions or lifestyle. They don’t want that because it makes them feel uncomfortable. We can expect nothing but rejection from them.
The lesson for this passage is simple. Just love them! Even when they turn their backs on you, love them. Even when they hurl insults, love them. You don’t have to keep company with them, but you do have to love them. Why? Because God does.
Perhaps one simple forgiving act by you or your child will draw them back to the Light. Just keep being Jesus to them. He has the power and will work through you to love them.