It’s Offensive

September 14

 

Read John 15:18-21

If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than its master.’ If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they would obey yours also.

 

Reflect

Have you ever been hated for being a Christian?

 

I remember being at a get together once, and an old friend seemed to be annoyed by my very presence. He was not a believer, but he knew that I was. In fact, he knew the way he was speaking and behaving was likely not something I would “approve of” as a Christian. He was defensive and angry towards me even though I had not spoken a word in judgment towards him. Just by sitting beside him, I offended him. Why? My very presence pointed out his sin to him.

 

Jesus said a lot of things that offended a lot of people. They still offend people today. He said things like “no one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). In Matthew 6:24, he said you can’t love God and money. He suggested that we love our enemies instead of hating them (Matthew 5:44). He commanded that those who follow Him “take up their cross” and “deny himself” and “lose his life for My sake” (Matthew 16:24-26). In Matthew 23, He openly criticized the most religious men in the world, the scribes, and Pharisees. He called them hypocrites and condemned them. And yes, His very presence points out our sin to us. When we sit next to Him, His perfect goodness makes us look bad.

 

As Christians, we believe the truth of the Gospel only because God softened our hearts to be able to receive the message. Because we believe Jesus, just our very presence can offend those who have rejected Him. 1 Corinthians 1:18 tells us that “the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God.”

 

If you are ever hated or persecuted for being a Christian, do not be surprised. They hated Jesus first. But do never compromise the truth of the Gospel in order to avoid offending someone. The message of the cross is the power of God for those who are being saved.

 

Pray

Jesus, I know that I am a sinner but that I am saved by grace through faith in You alone. Give me the courage to stand for this truth even when I am hated or persecuted for putting my trust in You. Amen.



~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

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Lord Jesus, please help me remember those words which You spoke and which annoyed and offended those persons who rejected You. As I live my life, help me to recall those words and live them out just as You did. Amen.
Hello Cynthia! Just keep you see focus on the work of the Lord. Keep praying & walk Christlike. There comes a time in our lives to let go. Jesus Cares!!
Thank you Lord, that I will not offend no more but to help them.
Heavenly father,I pray for restoration in my marriage and that you convict my exhusband where he need to be convicted. If there is a woman involved ,remove her from him Lord so that he can return to me the woman that you father united him with.In Jesus name Amen
Keep on singing for the Lord. The Lord will give you a great reward in the end.
On this account that what happen to Jesus will happen to us(Christians) because they did not know him who had sent him.
Amen I'm not ashamed of the gospel of Christ
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Thank you, for these encouraging scriptures. retired almost 2byears ago. I was told by a friend that my name was put forward to return, in their meeting, a staff member who shared our office opposed this suggestion. As she is not a believer and she witnessed my consistent open christian practice in the office I can only conclude that was the reason to her objections for my return. I was not upset but excited it increased my prayers for an sopportunity for her salvation. Amen
Keep singing God's words!
I am hated for being a black Gospel singer to some congregations.
Your love Lord gives me power.
Amen Thank you Jesus
Amen When I am tested Lord, after doing everything you command may I just stand.
Lord keep my heart open to your love so I might love others even if they hate me. Thank you for always loving me. Amen
Thank you Lord Jesus for dying on the Cross of Calvary to save a sinful nature like me. Thank you LORD JESUS.
Lord Jesus, thank You for "saving" me. Give me the courage, strength, and boldness to stand firm when I am prosecuted for Your name's sake. I love and trust You Lord!
Thank you pastor and I thank God for giving me and my family another opportunity to see another week Amen
Good message..
Amen. This is a good reminder not fo take their offense so personally
Amen
Thank you Lord for all of your great passages as they helps me grow stronger in my beliefs. I Love you Lord in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Beautiful message!
Thanks for the message...
Thanks for this timely reminder and I pray God will help us as believers to live the true Gospel of Christ to this dying world.
Alot of times when I was in prison some people would say and do things just to see if they could get a "bad" reaction out of me and when I didn't respond the way they wanted they tried to start stories about me or gave me a really hard time just because I was a Christian, or those particular people would not sit by me or looked right through me but sat by me only when they had no choice. But I was still their friend in spite of their attitudes and I prayed for them always.