The World vs God

If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.  Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord.  If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.  But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me.

John 15:18-21

This passage shows us the nature of the struggle between the Lord and the world.  God and the world are against each other.  In fact, the world hates the Lord.  The world persecuted the Lord.  The world crucified the Lord.  He tells us these things to comfort us when the world doesn’t like us.  When the world hates us and persecutes us, we can take comfort in the fact that we are not the first.  It hated Him first and persecuted Him first.

The world loves the world.  It does not love the Christian.  It doesn’t even like the Christian.  In fact, it hates the Christian because it hates Christ Himself.

Sometimes we can feel like we don’t belong.  Sometimes we can feel uncomfortable and out of place in the world.  That’s ok.  In fact, that is a good indication that we are doing something right as a Christian.

It is our duty to show the people in the world the love of Jesus Christ.  But we have to remember that Jesus Himself was hated of the world and even crucified.  He is our Lord and we are His servants.  We should not expect the world that hated Him to roll out the red carpet for us.

Let us follow Him, all the time, no matter what.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Ben, I was just reading one of my own older posts today and the comments, one of which was yours. I realized how long it had been since I had read your blog and decided to come over and see if you were still at it. What a testament of faithfulness you are that you have kept up this daily blog for His glory for so long. And what a terrific post this is, a great reminder that we should not be surprised that we are hated because we follow Jesus. Peace, Linda


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