Sunday, February 23, 2014

The World Will Hate Us

"If the world hates you, keep in mind it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not  belong to the world but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: 'No servant is greater than his master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them they would not be guilty of sin. Now, however, they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates me hates my Father as well. If I had not done among them that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both Me and My Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: 'They hated me without reason.'

When the Counselor comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father, He will testify about Me. And you also must testify, for you have been with Me from the beginning."
John 15:18-27

This is such an important passage for believers to know and understand. When God calls us to His Kingdom, we are no longer of the world; we are of God. Because we are of God's Kingdom, the world hates us because it hates God. If we are living the way that God calls us to live in Christ, then we will be hated by the world. 

This means that we will suffer in this world because of the hatred. Because we belong to Jesus, who suffered far more than we can even begin to understand, we can embrace suffering and use it to point people to Jesus. 

Cling to the cross and the eternal Kingdom to come. 

Also, make sure that the world hates you because of Jesus and not because of you. Seek first God's Kingdom.

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