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    Here’s What to Think About All the HATERS!

    Do you ever have those days when it feels like so many people are against you? It seems like everyone has an opinion about what you are doing or saying and most of them disagree with you? Sometimes it seems like everywhere you turn there are haters; laughing at you, mocking you, arguing with you, accusing you or discouraging you. Haters always seem to try and make a good day turn bad — and that sucks.

    Sometimes being surrounded by haters seems worse than being tempted especially when we are trying to do what God has put in our hearts to do. Don’t be discouraged, Jesus had haters, too.

    Matthew 5:11-12 – “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

    Matthew 12:9-10 – Going on from that place, He went into their synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, they asked Him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”

    John 15:24-25 – “If I had not done among them what no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. But now they have seen these miracles, and yet they have hated both me and my Father. But this is to fulfill what is written in their Law: ‘They hated me without reason.’”

    Matthew 10:34-36 – “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’”

    That last Scripture may seem a little confusing but what Jesus is saying is that He is controversial. Jesus knew that many people would not agree with Him. Jesus knew that people would either love Him (like the disciples) or hate Him (like the Pharisees). We even see the division that Jesus causes today. Christians are laughed at for what they believe. People hate us for living life according to God’s Word and heaven forbid that we should try to stand up for what we believe – then we are “Jesus Freaks”. Have you ever had anyone call you “righteous” to insult you or referred to you as “the holy one” to try and humiliate you? I have. Jesus has always divided the world into three types of people: Lovers, those who don’t know or understand, and haters.

    Today, I just want to encourage you – the haters will always be around. They have been around since before Jesus’ time and they will be around after we are gone. If you are being “hated” because you are living your life for God, take it as a sign that God is mightily proud of you, keep pressing on and pray that those who hate you would come to know the love of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can cleanse them of that hate.

    Philippians 3:12-14 – “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers [and sisters], I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to will the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman


    1. Ohh yeah….And ALSO. If you are hanging around someone you know is being hateful to others, they’re most likely being hateful to you also. I had a friend who I KNEW was talking about my other friend, and my other friend told me that my other friend was talking about me..So, we try to be nice, but it’s very hard, and the best thing to do is drop them.

    2. I remember reading and learning about all these verses at my youth group. I am blessed to have a VERY amazing youth group that I go to. I also am blessed to be able to go to another youth group. Its support from friends, my youth group leaders, and especially Jesus who help me deal with the so-called “haters.” Thanks for writing this article. 😀

    3. this helped me! except, i was hoping it would give me some advice for this guy who i’ve known since 4th grade. he’s been really nasty to me, for no reason! except here’s the catch:
      he’s a Christian, also. his acts make me question whether he really is or not. i think he’s a Christian, but I’m not sure. but is there any way to tell him to stop?
      i’ve told him i want to start over, but that didn’t help. please help! :)♥

    4. This is what always seems to happen when I get into a fight with my adopted sisters or say I hate somebody, or am just upset with someone. God always has me find these articles about forgiveness, or loving one another, etc… Whether it’s here or in my bible, it always happens. Because he knows I struggle with that area of my life and he knows I can’t stand it when people tell me what to do… The old me is always wanting to rebel and do the opposite… I get so frustrated sometimes, but I’ll hang in there. I’m trying to be better, I really am. But my sister doesn’t even notice when I am nice to her…

    5. haters do suck, lol! I get them all the time at school, but not usually because of my beliefs, I really do need to branch out nd express my love for Jesus in school nd such but sometimes I never have the strength to, i’m afraid i’ll get made fun of constantly nd I always try to be like everyone else, I encourage you guys to pray for me 🙂

    6. Sadly, people have the common sense to know they’re hurting your feelings, but they don’t understand HOW MUCH they’re hurting you. At school I don’t really have any friends, I even stay in the bathroom during lunch sometimes 🙁 I used to feel like I had nobody, because I didn’t! I ran into some major obstacles… but i found my way back to God. And guess what: he gave me a best friend! We do EVERYTHING together now, she’s a christian and didnt have friends either. We help eachother through tough times, but without God, I never would’ve had her support because I would’ve still been doing the wrong stuff. God really cares 🙂

    7. Agreed. Even though we should love our enemies, I do not approve of the saying, “I love my haters,” because let’s be honest, no one likes when someone dislikes them deep down and subtextual message there is ‘I don’t care what you say about me’. I care; I’m sure everyone else does. It should be, “I pray for my haters.” instead.:)

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