"If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you."
John 15:18 (ESV)
Friends, family, fellow laborers in the ministry, teachers, counselors, mothers, fathers, band directors, doctors, presidents...believers...
"Do not be surprised, brothers,that the world hates you."
1 John 3:13
Those feeling down tonight... neglected...tormented... persecuted... slandered... hurt.
Remember that our sinless, spotless, wonderful, forgiving savior KNOWS. He knows our hearts, our hurts, our dreads. He sees our wounds, our bruises and battle scars. He is not surprised when we are under attack. He's not taken off guard when people injure his children... He knows, He cares, He Heals. Praise be to God!
God's word reminds us tonight - "Don't be surprised!"
God's word reminds us, "the world hated Him before it hated us"
and the saddest part...when His children hurt each other...He sees that too. He feels that too.
Be reminded - they hated HIM first...and, HE forgave. He died for THEM. He died in obedience to the Father for YOU, for ME, for THEM.