Daily Bread - July 30, 2019 (The Third Day - Genesis 1:9-13)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 11:26
1 John 3:13 - And brethren, do not be surprised if the world hates you.

To believe we are going to win the favor of the world is just not
realistic. The world is governed and controlled by the prince and the power
of the air, the god of this world, who is at war against the Church
(Ephesians 2:2-3, 6:10-12, 1:17-23). Things will ultimately be so bad that
we will be hated by everyone for His name's sake (Matthew 10:22, 24:9). The
world hated Jesus (John 7:7). As hard as it is to believe, even though He
came in the greatest demonstration of love and gave His life to heal people
and set them free - still, He was hated. Just as the world hated Jesus,
they are going to hate us, and that should be no surprise to us (John
15:18; 1 John 3:13). Our response must be to lay down our lives and pour
out love regardless of what people are doing, or how they respond to the
Gospel. We are not of the world even as Jesus was not of this world, and if
we are going to live the life He has given us to live, they will hate us
just like they hated Him (John 15:19, 17:14).
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