What Jesus Did! 'Hostility from the World' — John 15:18-20

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"If the world hates you, remember that the world hated me first. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you like it loves its own people. But I have chosen you out of the world. So you don't belong to the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember the lesson I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If people did wrong to me, then they will do wrong to you too. And if people obeyed my teaching, then they will obey yours too."
— John 15:18-20 NLT
Illustration of John 15:18-20 NLT —  That is why the world hates you.

Key Thought

Hate! We don't like that word, do we? Especially when we are the target of hate. Yet those who are disciples of Jesus must realize that their hero was unjustly murdered by those who rejected him because of jealousy, hate, misunderstanding, and rivalry. Some of us will follow in his steps. Some, even to martyrdom itself. Our hardships and difficulties do not invalidate Jesus' call. Neither does it invalidate our ministry. These problems are a reminder that there is a spiritual battle for every human heart. Satan will do all he can to silence the voices of those who bring God's salvation.

Today's Prayer

Father, please make me more aware of your servants who are facing persecution and hardship today. Give me courage to stand for your truth and live your ethics even if those values cost me ridicule or rejection. Please let your glory be praised in my life, whether I find myself in hardship and persecution or in good times and acceptance. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 7:2-7
  • 1 John 2:15-17
  • 1 John 3:11-13

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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