Have you ever noticed that most religions in the world are respected, and even acknowledging God in general is accepted, but if you mention Jesus, people’s attitudes shift? Jesus, himself, warned us that the world hated him and thus would hate his followers. Since Jesus is the only way to the Father, Satan gladly encourages all other “ways.” But we are not defenseless¬—Jesus has sent us the Advocate (Holy Spirit) to help us testify the truth.
Questions for further thought:
1. To whom do you belong: Jesus or the world?
2. What evidence is there in your life that supports your answer above?
Challenge: When doing your best to follow Jesus, do not be discouraged when you experience hostility or even persecution. You’re in good company! Jesus knows exactly how you feel. He also said, “…take heart, because I have overcome the world!” (John 16:33b)
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