The Bible says, “Just, remember, when the unbelieving world hates you, they first hated Me. If you were to give your allegiance to the world, they would love and welcome you as one of their own. But because you won’t align yourself with the values of this world, they will hate you. I have chosen you and taken you out of the world to be mine. So remember what I taught you, that a servant isn’t superior to his Master. And since they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. And if they obey my teachings, they will also obey yours. They will treat you this way because you are mine, and they don’t know the One who sent Me.” Read John 15:18-21 (TPT).
The Church should quit trying to get people to like her or try to accommodate values which have no business being associated with the Church. Now, if Christ was spat on and hated, then we as the people of God should expect the same. And why was He hated? He spoke the truth and was unapologetic about it. Watch this, when you look at most of Jesus’s sayings, they were quite controversial, but that did not stop Him from speaking.
Read this, “That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Read Joel 2: 12-32 (NLT). I will encourage you to read this in its totality because it brings a whole lot of context and insight into the text.
“The Church is not a dormitory for sleepers, it is an institution for workers; it is not a rest camp, it is a front line trench.” Billy Sunday.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, “His name is a strong tower, and the righteous run to it and are saved.”
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