“But He turned and rebuked them, and said, ‘You do not know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.’ And they went to another village” (Luke 9:55-56 nkjv).
How do we handle rejection? Jesus rebuked the disciples for desiring to call fire down from heaven, like Elijah did, against those who rejected Him. They assumed that just because Elijah did, they could as well. However, they shouldn’t have compared the situation. The flesh, not the spirit, led them. Jesus used the opportunity to show them, and us, that He didn’t come to destroy lives, but to save them.
Rejection often ignites anger and breeds resentment, tempting us to react impulsively in the flesh rather than respond thoughtfully in the spirit. When confronted with such situations, it’s vital to step back, possibly even physically distancing ourselves, and engage in prayer until we can operate in the spirit.
Jesus remained steadfast in His purpose regardless of the resistance, setting an example for us. When we face rejection, we are called to surrender our grievances to the Lord, embrace His grace, and yield to the Holy Spirit. He endows us with power, love, and a sound mind, nurturing love, peace, and self-control. The key to respond the right way is to be filled with the spirit, from glory to glory!