Who among us has really set being hated as their life’s goal?
- Much of our lives is focused on becoming one who is accepted within the conventions of “normal” society.
- In grade school teachers encouraged us to stay within the lines. That was the acceptable thing.
- Our parents taught us common courtesies so that we would know how to act acceptable in social settings.
- To want to be a part of a group is normal behavior.
But being rejected and despised can be a bitter pill even for the most confident person to swallow. However, Sunday’s message reminded me that being hated is a part of the believer’s lot in life.
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. John 15:19 (NIV)
So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 1 John 3:13 (NLT)
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. John 15:18
In choosing to follow Christ, you chose to be hated by this world.
No consistency of conduct, however faultless, no kindness and amiability of character, however striking, will exempt a believer from the world’s dislike, so long as they live. It is foolish to be surprised at this. It is mere waste of time to murmur at it. It is a part of the cross, and we must bear it patiently. –JC Ryle