ONE ANSWER TO HATE
Colossians 3:14 "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."
Music - Bind us together, Lord, bind us together
With cords that cannot be broken.
Bind us together, Lord, Bind us together
` Bind us together with love.
Matthew 5:10-12 ESV
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you, and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you." (Spoken by Jesus.). This is the last Beatitude.
WARNING / WARNING
Pay close attention when something is repeated in the Bible. In the above quote, Jesus was warning his disciples that they would be persecuted.
What men did the disciples of Jesus admire?
Answer: The men of the Old Testament . . the prophets.
What men did the disciples of Jesus never ever want to be because of how they were treated?
Answer: The men of the Old Testament. . the prophets.
Jesus was giving them expectations . . what they had to face.
Some were leaving Jesus in John 6 . . Jesus said to his disciples . . "do you want to go also?"
Peter answered "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life and we have believed and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God."
WHY were the O T prophets persecuted?
WHY would the disciples be persecuted?
Please note they were persecuted for RIGHTEOUSNESS' SAKE.
There is a difference between a GOOD person and a RIGHTEOUS person.
A good person will be / can be admired.
However, a Righteous person will be avoided and shunned. Why? A righteous person has a desire and passion for the Kingdom of God. Just the idea of that rankles some people . . those who do not believe in God or are upset with Him for "allowing bad things to happen".
They have God and life mixed up according to Jill Briscoe's book Faith Enough to Finish, p 10: "One symptom of faith distress is the tendency to get God and life all mixed up. We blame God for all the evil we see or experience in life. In an illogical thought progression, we see cruelty in the world, we find ourselves thinking about the apparent cruelty of God, and then wrongly conclude that God is cruel. God is not cruel, however, life is cruel."
1st John 1:5. "This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."
GOD HAS NO DARK SIDE!