“If you were of the world, the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19).
When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He was letting them (and us) know that if the world could hate him (vs. 18), it would certainly hate anyone else whom He had chosen. He chose the twelve who followed Him and one of them was a devil.
In the world’s (influenced by the enemy) system, there is honor among thieves, the embezzlers, the dishonorable politicians, the whores, and all of those influenced by the enemy. They love one another and support and encourage each other and hate and denigrate anything or anyone who attempts to live a godly life. That’s the world’s system.
Now if the world (those influenced by the enemy) can love its own, why can’t we? Why can’t all who proclaim to be believers love each other and support and encourage one another? Why is it that those living by the world’s system appear to be doing more for each other than we do (appearances can be deceiving)?
Don’t get discouraged by the Word or by anyone else attempting to dissect it, including me. My intent is not to discourage, but to point out that the first chosen–Jesus and His disciples–were the targets of hate and disdain. So, why do we think people should treat us any differently, when we, too are chosen? Celebrate being chosen and being hated by the world (we became targets for the enemy’s wrath), for if the world hates us–we are doing what we should do–promoting the Gospel and loving one another! Hurray! Glory Hallelujah! “For by this shall we know one another, by our love for each other.”
Thank You God for choosing and saving me and for the world’s system, that I might be known as I promote The Gospel and love all!