“Hated by the World, Loved by God!”
“I have given them Your Word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world.”
“Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent me. I have made You known to them, and will continue to make You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them. John 17:14,25-26
These verses are a part of a prayer that Jesus prayed for ALL believers, just before His death.
All TRUE BELIEVERS are in a battle for the souls of mankind. The battle is with the forces of evil. When we let the Light of Jesus shine in us, we dispel the darkness of a sinful, evil world. And ALL the sin and depravity of a lost and dying world loses its appeal and attractiveness to a poor lost individual, who is on their way to an eternity in Hell. Therefore the world HATES the TRUE BELIEVER, because of the threat to its livelihood.
Jesus, knowing the dangers that the TRUE BELIEVERS would encounter in their endeavors to reach this lost and dying world, prayed to the Almighty God on their behalf. Jesus knows, knew and has known God and He has revealed and glorified God and so should every TRUE BELIEVER.
Jesus has made God the Father and His LOVE known to the world by His death and resurrection. Jesus’ purpose of the revelation of God’s love was that the TRUE BELIEVER would CONTINUE to grow in God’s love and to experience JESUS in their personal lives.
It was His prayer for ALL TRUE BELIEVERS to be a light in the darkness, even though they were hated by the world. Yet their KNOWLEDGE of God’s great LOVE for them and the evidence of Jesus’ presence in them would overcome the HATE that the world exemplified to them. And they could reach others with the TRUTH of the Gospel, JESUS SAVES!!
If you have not given your HEART and LIFE to God, then you are part of the LOST and DYING world that is on its way to Hell for an eternity of torment, torture, pain and agony. But you NOW have the opportunity to turn yourself around and come to God with a TRULY REPENTANT HEART, CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and become a TRUE BELIEVER, LOVED by God. Do it NOW, while you still can. He’s waiting and coming SOON!!!