By Ryan Kelly
It certainly doesn’t take much reading or viewing to see how much the world hates us as Christians. They hate our belief in Scripture, they hate our love for Jesus, and they hate our love for one another. And I know it’s hate, because most people will actively seek out opportunities to cast stones at us and our faith. They mock, they criticize, and they actively opposite our very right to believe.
And you know what? It’s okay.
Although we should certainly never back down from our Gospel witness and our efforts to love others, the fact is that the hate that the world had for us should only empower us to continue our work. The reason is because they need Jesus just as we need Jesus. The ONLY way for salvation and righteousness is being saved by Jesus and renewed by the Holy Spirit, and they are only showing their great need for this salvation
And never forget, you are not alone. There are millions of Christians in this world that will stand beside you and help you. And more importantly, the Lord is with you and guiding you. You are doing His work, and He will bless and help you. If you tell others about the good news of Jesus for Him, you do the good work of God that will never come back void.
So let them hate us, it just better shows us who needs Jesus the most. And remember this, they hate us because we shed light on their sin, and they know it exists. Their hate for us is really a hate for their own sin. Let’s persevere and show them how the love of Jesus conquers their sin and renews their soul, just as it has our own!
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”