Being Hated Really Stinks.

I remember being young and green concerning church leadership. I would read stories from the Scripture about leaders like Jesus, Paul, James and John.

They all had their detractors. They all spoke against certain behaviors and even certain people.

But I never viewed the angle of the stress they must have felt knowing that people they cared about had become their ‘enemy.’. I never realized the pain they endured knowing that they stood for things that caused them to stand against certain people.

With that in mind, these passages mean more to me than ever before. Because being hated stinks. Although I love standing for something, it’s difficult to stand against someone you love. It hurts more than I ever expected to feel as a pastor. (most of the time my intentions are not to stand against anyone, but when your beliefs are clear, people have a tendency to start picking sides.)

But God is enough. And these verses will help me continually in my journey as a Christ follower and spiritual leader.

Scripture:

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. (James 3:1 ESV)

“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets. (Luke 6:22-23 ESV)

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

For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, (2 Timothy 4:3 ESV)

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