Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I want to be hated.

Blessed are you when men hate you,
when they exclude you and insult you
and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.
Luke 6:22

After reading this passage, I had these questions:

Do men hate me?

Have I had anyone hate me because of my stance for Christ?

Has my stance for Christ been bold enough to make someone hate me?

Or am I too concerned with being politically correct or not offending anyone?

Too concerned with making others uncomfortable?

The Message says it this way,
Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don't like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.

I am considered "blessed" when others hate me or cut me down because of my faith.

God likes it. All heaven applauds.

This is disheartening to me because I don't know if I can say anyone has ever hated me for my faith in Christ.

Oh, I've had people hate me. Trust me. But, not hate me for what I should be hated for.

I should be hated for Him, not for who I am.

Are you hated?


lmb122 said...

This was the exact subject of our sermon last Sunday, how ppl will hate u or condemn u because u believe and love God!

Jeanette said...

That is one thing that I don't mind being hated for or laughed at or called polically incorrect!

The Hat Chick said...

Here is where I struggle....I want to be hated for this reason, but at the same time, how can I bring someone to Christ when they don't like me enough to listen. Will they ever be open to His message? How do you witness to a hater?

This Jesus stuff tain't easy.

Vanessa said...

Good stuff!!! Thanks for sharing!

sara said...

great post! I loved the part about heaven applauding.....being hated is hard and no fun and we need the reminder that in those times we are not alone, can stand strong and that God and the heavens are applauding!

I want to be hated too.

Amy@My Front Porch said...

This is good stuff! I too have been hated, but not for the right things.

3 Blessings said...

I think of this message often. There are times I am hated, but there are more times that I think about possibly being hated so I hold back.

Thank you for sharing this thought today.

Cathy said...

This is some hard stuff. But I want to do what He says, so I guess I want to be hated for Him too. Wow, this really is hard.