This word, “hate” is common in the West these days. It is usually applied to those who don’t agree with Progressive agendas or who are followers of Christ. This word hurts when applied to us who are Jesus’ disciples because it is not what we want to be. Yet, Jesus tells His followers that this is the way it will be.
“You will be hated by all because of My name …” (Matt. 10:22).
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own, but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” (Jn.15:18-19)
Take a few minutes to ponder Jesus’ words.
How does it make you feel to be hated?
What does Jesus want you to do when you are hated?
Consider reading Matt. 10:16-33 and other passages that come to mind as you reflect on these questions.
As Paul says, “in the last days, difficult times will come.” (2 Tim. 3:1)