Psalm 41:9 ” Even my close friend, whom I trusted, he who shared my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.”

Job lamented his feelings of rejection this way, “My friends have forgotten me.” (Job 19:14) And even Jesus quoted this Scripture in Psalm 41 to describe one of His close friends and disciple, Judas Iscariot’s, treachery. (John 13:18) When we’re rejected by friends, we’re confused, hurt, and sad. Why? To start off, we’re created in God’s image and designed to be in relationships with others. And our deep desire to belong is fundamental, so it hurts deeply when we’re rejected….so much that the acceptance or rejection by someone can even shape our identity and how we view ourselves. That’s when we need to be very careful to not value the opinions of others and their acceptance of us…more than being accepted by God and valued by Him.

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