I find it hard being a Christian. I am judged before I speak. I have been pushed out of social circles when I mentioned my faith. My personal beliefs have been ridiculed. My vocation is considered a joke at best and suspicious at worst. I am tired of being hated.
Recently this tiredness developed into anger and bitterness toward a particular person. I found myself wishing that they would fail and thought about ways to get back at them. I was in a bad place. Then Jesus spoke.
18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 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. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ (John 15:18-19)
I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Luke 6:27-28)
Jesus placed two bible readings in my head. He reminded me that I walk in His steps. What is good enough for my Master, is good enough for me. How arrogant of me to presume that I could avoid hatred!
Then He told me that I must demonstrate my love for that person as He demonstrated His love for me on the cross. I started praying blessings upon this unbeliever and their work. I even sought to do something good for them. God healed me. I am energised and I am seeing everyone through new eyes. Don’t just hear the word, live it!