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September 17, 2022

What is the qualification for membership into the hated club, you might ask? The answer is loving God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. When you do this, you are quickly thrust into membership.

Most of us want to be loved and respected by the masses; however, Jesus took time to share with his followers that they would be hated by their parents, siblings, kinfolks, and friends (Matthew 10:22, Luke 21:16-17, Mark 13:12-13). Despite the words of Jesus, we act in denial of it. We, believers, fail to realize if we are faithful followers, we automatically have membership in The Hated Club.

In John 15:18- 24, Jesus shared information about this club to comfort his followers and give them knowledge and understanding of their future. These crucial points that He stated were relevant then and remain the same today.

  1. Jesus was the first to be hated in this association.
  2. The world loves those that are in alignment with them.
  3. Just as the world hated Jesus, it will hate you.
  4. Your chosen status causes you to be hated.
  5. Like the world persecuted Jesus, His chosen can expect a similar treatment of persecution.
  6. The world did not obey Jesus’ teachings, and they will not heed yours.
  7. The lack of knowledge and recognition of God caused the world to reject Him.
  8. Jesus’ coming and interaction with the world exposed their sins
  9. On earth, Jesus did what no other man had done; thus, the world had no excuse for sinning.
  10. When someone hates Christ, automatically, they are hating His Father.

In closing, please don’t feel hurt because you have membership in The Hated Club, for this club comes with blessings and eternal benefits, as recounted by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. He said, “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12).

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