Key Verse “But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause” (John 15:25).
The service of God Almighty demands cross-bearing. And in this solemn address to His disciples, Jesus made it clear that temptations, trials and persecution would attend our sojourn on earth. He pointed out to them that they needed not the applause of men, stressing that since He was hated of the world, they would also be hated. He made it clear
that if they could so treat Him despitefully, the disciples must be prepared for more humiliation. Although He came to the world and rendered selfless service to humanity, the world still hated Him without a cause.
From our text, being a Christian exposes one to attacks from haters of the gospel. Believers who are not aware of the manipulations of the devil often misinterpret the source of their problems. God may allow a believer to pass through some trials in the hands of evil men. It is not a sign of weakness or as though God cannot deliver His own.
The believer ought to know that “we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God.” Believers are to count the cost of their determination to serve the Lord. Following Christ is fraught with challenges, but with courage and determination, we shall make it to the end. Whatever trials we may be passing through; whatever afflictions and persecutions we may be experiencing, we must realize that our Redeemer and Captain also suffered.
Moreover, in times of adversity, we must not give in to self- pity and regret. We must commit all things to God who judges righteously. All we need do is to keep praying, trusting and believing that He who keeps us never sleeps or slumbers.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR EZEKIEL 22 – 24
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Righteousness always triumphs over evil.