Feeling that God May have Rejected Me
I am a young fellow in Kenya, East Africa. I am so much inspired with your work. Please, I am going through lots of pain in life and I am feeling that God may have rejected me. Please can you help me?
Thank you for your note. Since you have expressed concern that God may have rejected you I understand that your pain is not physical but spiritual. Perhaps this is because of feelings such as guilt over things you have done that you feel God does not approve of.
While God does not approve of sin, He still loves the sinner - that's you and me and everyone else. We are all in the same category since all have sinned.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;" (Rom 3:23)
So don't feel that God loves you any less or rejects you because of anything you may have done. God is relentless in His attempts to connect with and form a relationship with us.
"... he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." (Heb 13:5)
If you are feeling concerned at about your relationship to God, then you have not even rejected Him and there is a basis for forming a relationship. Begin to read study your Bible and look especially for the goodness of God. As you come to see His goodness more you will receive the gift of repentance (or receive it more fully).
"Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?" (Rom 2:4)
Compare your actions with God's standard and you may find that you need to make some changes in your life. While you are not saved by good deeds - it is a free gift - God's law is there for your protection. The more you stay within His will the better your life will be - certainly you will have less reason to have feelings of guilt.
If you haven't already, please read the pages on my website dealing with forgiveness. You will see there that God, from His heart, forgives everyone, He is not having bad feelings towards you for what you have done - He loves you. That is the feelings part of it. Of course, there is still the legal aspect of forgiveness and that is taken care of through the blood of God's dear Son that was shed to pay the penalty of death. If you claim that, then your sins are covered.
From that point, go forward learning of Him and relying on His strength to grow in obedience and knowledge of Him. Look for Christian fellowship and a group that teaches the Bible and keeps God's Sabbath (Friday sunset to Saturday sunset) holy.
Take care and thank you for your comments. You have blessed me by letting me know that my efforts have been a help to you.
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