Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. – John 15:18-19
Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Inspiration – John 15:18-19
It is a very scary thing to be told by somebody that you are hated! But it is also a good thing to be warned that a certain entity or individual doesn’t like you a lot.
In this case, Jesus is warning the disciples that it will not be easy for them to preach the Good News after He ascends back to the Father. Just the same way the world rejected and mistreated Him, it will mistreat the them too.
Being chosen by Jesus to preach to all nations of this world meant that the disciples, at that period of time, and us at this present time will undergo so much persecutions and rejections from the people we want to proclaim the Good news to.
Jesus assures us that being hated by the world should not stop us from preaching the Good News to those who have not yet accepted it.
We should persevere all manner of hatred and persecutions, just as Jesus did because our ultimate price will be rejoicing with Jesus in Heaven together with the angels and saints.
The Holy Spirit will always give us strength to overcome all these challenges brought on our way by the evil one. So let us all not be afraid.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, give us the strength, courage, wisdom and love to be able to preach Your Good News to the world. Remove the fear and anxiety from our hearts so that we may see the persecutions in our life as stepping stones towards overcoming greater challenges that we may encounter as we preach your Gospel. Amen.