Read John 15
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Scripture- 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."
Observations- Jesus wanted to prepare His disciples to face the worst the world could possibly throw at them in the knowledge that things were not only about to get tragic for Him, but also for His followers. John 3:16 declares that "God so loved the world," but God never said the world would return the favor. As a system, the world was getting ready to put Jesus on the cross and He knew His disciples would face difficult times and persecution as well.
Application- When we do our best to live out the truth with grace in this world, we should never think the world is going to be particularly grateful for our efforts. Those not interested in knowing or living out the truth won't want to hear about it from us. Jesus wanted His best friends, His disciples in every generation, to be prepared for whatever difficulty the world might want to send our way. We trust Him through it all.
Prayer- (by St. Francis of Assisi- 1182-1226) Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy O divine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand To be loved as to love For it is in giving that we receive it is in pardoning that we are pardoned And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
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