Your relatives (or your co-workers) think you are a whack-job; crazy. You’ve been called some choice names. They think you are in a cult. And they hate you because you love Jesus and the Word of God, and because you really, actually believe it. They hate you because you love to tell others about Him, and you want to follow Him. They hate the Word of God and everything it says. According to John 1:1-2 and 14, the Word is Jesus. The Word is God.
So they hate Jesus…they hate God.
Our Lord is so good and kind to tell us beforehand that all these things would happen, so that when they did, we would not be ashamed or grieved, or alarmed or confused. He understands: He was hated, mocked, rejected, persecuted. These things are so painful, but Jesus knows this will happen and He tells us what to expect. He loves us and encourages us with these words.
For I came to set….a daughter against her mother…and a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. Matt.10:35-36.
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matt.5:10.
Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great. Matt. 5:11-12.
If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. 1Peter 4:14
Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you. 1John 3:13.
And you will be hated by all on account of My name…Matt.10:22.
If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. John15:18.
I have given them Thy word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. John 17:14.
Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name. At that time many will fall away and will deliver up one another, and hate one another. Matt.24:9-10.
And these things they will do, because they have not known the Father, or Me. John16:3.
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