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.”