“We Will Be Hated by the World Since We Have Been Chosen by Christ 因著我們已被基督揀選，我們必被世人恨惡“（John 約翰福音15:18-19）
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.
While Lord Jesus was with His disciples, they were often opposed. He attracted attention from great multitudes and devotion from individuals of all kinds; yet as a whole, the world hated Him. He told them that the world would often hate them and they should expect to be rejected when He departed. We, as Christians/Jesus’ disciples, being not of the world explains why the world would hate us. It is also a factual description of us that in many ways we should be different than the world. The world’s hatred should be exhilarating, as being an evidence and guarantee that we have been chosen by Christ.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, the world is glad to forget the Triune God: You came to bring mankind back to Him. Through the centuries we have known the hatred of the world, and millions of Christians have died for your sake. Thank you for reminding us not to be loved by the world as its own. Thus we can be worthy of you. May your love and resurrecting power sustain us empowering us to persevere to the end. Amen.