Is Jesus Really Worth all the World’s Hatred?

Friday is for Heart Songs

“Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you.
(1 John 3:13)

I love being loved. I love preaching the word of God and knowing on the faces of the congregation, that what I am teaching is being heard clearly, appreciated and excitedly applied. I love “coming down from the pulpit” to a stream of men and women, young and old, who value my labor and “pat me on the back” for a job well done. I love it.

And that is what is so deadly.

It’s deadly because there is a dark place in my soul, in all of our souls, that delights to be loved even when the desire to be loved becomes a warped idolatry of ourselves and our gifts. It is dangerous to the soul to pursue being loved. Much better to pursue the One who loves perfectly and to love others for the greatness of his love for us.

“See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.
(1 John 3:1)

There is in us all a pursuit of self-love that is warped. But the kingdom sets us on a different path. We find ourselves, our best selves, by losing ourselves in self-less service of God and others (cf. for a start Mt. 10:39, 16:25; Mk. 8:35; Lk. 9:24, 17:33; Jn. 12:25) 

Which is why John reminds us to not be surprised when the world “hates” us (see 1 John 3:13). Don’t be surprised. Hold on to the truth. Keep valuing Jesus more than self, more than love, more than life. Because Jesus is the pearl of great price (Mt. 13:44-46). He is worth everything, even the hatred of the world.


3 thoughts on “Is Jesus Really Worth all the World’s Hatred?

  1. It is a great challenge to not give in to the desire to be loved..but you are very correct in this post Marty: our first desire, and dare I say, be all and end all, should be to desire our Lord Jesus.

    I have received recently such an overwhelming knowledge of His amazing love and grace for me – that should be sufficient. I have had difficulties since, and have (again!) sought that affirmation from others, yet Christ is my all, in all. May He increase in us the desire to please Him, despite what the world says to us.

    Thanks Marty!

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    1. Mark, Amen. he must increase, and we must decrease. But in the decrease he will fill us with joy.

      Barbara, what a delight to hear from you sister. I miss your smile. Jesus is worth all. May God’s blessing be upon you. How are you doing my sister?

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