Monday, 14 November 2011

If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first

John 15:18-19
"If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.

This is a very important message Jesus gave His disciples, He said here that you must remember if the world hates you, it hated Him first. Here lies the challenge that we face daily. It is not nice to be rejected nor is it to be excluded. So you go through life trying to fit in. The hard part is that the world is so corrupted by the enemy that in most cases you will find yourself being challenged to fit in to the wrong crowd. And yes we fall and we are influenced by these people to make the wrong choices. Jesus loves you so much that He will never ever give up on you. He never gave up on me and I was in some pretty bad places. He pulled me out of the darkness and back into the light. The problem now is that you are always challenged to return, this is where we make our choice and remain in the Lord. Once you chose Him you will immediately feel how the world rejects you. It is in these moments where this verse has helped me countless times. You see the Lord was crucified by people that followed Him, I even think some of those called Him friend and yet they turned against Him when they were challenged by the leaders of that time. Their choice sends Him to the cross. So when you are down and out because you chose Jesus, remember the world hated Him first. I pray that the Lord will give you wisdom whenever you are faced with the challenges of this world and that you will overcome it.