When people hate us for being Christians, it’s hard not to get “riled up” and angry, but remember that their hatred of you is evidence that you are a child of God.

When people hate us for being Christians, it’s hard not to get “riled up” and angry, but remember that their hatred of you is evidence that you are a child of God.

BibleGateway: John 15:18-27

ESV Text: John 15:18-27

John 15:18–27 (Listen)

The Hatred of the World

18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,1 but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’

26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.

Footnotes

[1] 15:22 Greek they would not have sin; also verse 24

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 2:10 and ends at about 3:43

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     18 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21 But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin. 23 He that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

     26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: 27 And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 536 :
Awake, my Soul, and with the Sun

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1. Awake, my soul, and with the sun 
Thy daily stage of duty run; 
Shake off dull sloth and joyful rise 
To pay thy morning scarifice. 

2. Let all thy converse be sincere, 
Thy conscience as the noonday clear; 
Think how the all-seeing God thy ways 
And all thy secret thought surveys. 

3. All praise to Thee, who safe hast kept 
And hast refreshed me whilst I slept. 
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake, 
I may of endless light partake. 

4. Lord, I my vows to Thee renew; 
Disperse my sins as morning dew; 
Guard my first springs of thought and will 
And will Thyself my spirit fill. 

5. Direct, control, suggest, this day 
All I design or do or say 
That all my powers, with all their might, 
In Thy sole glory may unite. 

6. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise Him, all creatures here below; 
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host: 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 


Hymn: LSB 868 :
Awake, My Soul, and with the Sun

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1. Awake, my soul, and with the sun 
Thy daily stage of duty run; 
Shake off dull sloth and joyful rise 
To pay thy morning sacrifice. 

2. In conversation be sincere, 
Thy conscience as the noon-day clear; 
Think how the all-seeing God thy ways 
And all thy secret thoughts surveys. 

3. All praise to Thee, who safe hast kept 
And hast refreshed me while I slept; 
Grant, Lord, when I from death shall wake, 
I may of endless light partake. 

4. Lord, I my vows to Thee renew; 
Disperse my sins as morning dew; 
Guard my first springs of thought and will 
And with Thyself my spirit fill. 

5. Direct, control, suggest this day 
All I design or do or say 
That all my pow’rs with all their might 
In Thy sole glory may unite. 

6. Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; 
Praise Him, all creatures here below; 
Praise Him above, ye heav’nly host: 
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. 


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