Friday, May 11, 2012

Saturday (May 12) Gospel: "I chose You..."

Scripture: John 15:18-21
  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 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 persecute you; if they kept my word, they will keep yours also. 21 But all this they will do to you on my account, because they do not know him who sent me.

What does Jesus mean when he says "you are not of this world"? The world in scripture refers to that society of people who are hostile towards God and opposed to his will. The world rejected Jesus, and his disciples can expect the same treatment.

Jesus leaves no middle ground for his followers. We are either for him or against him, for his kingdom of light or for the kingdom of darkness. The prophet Isaiah warned that people who separate themselves from God because of their rebellion and spiritual blindness would end up calling evil good and good evil (Isaiah 5:20).

If we want to live in the light of God's truth, how can we rightly distinguish good from evil? True love of God and his ways draw us to all that is lovely, truthful and good. If we truly love God then we will submit to his truth and will for our lives.

 A friend of God cannot expect to be a friend of the world because the world opposes God. Jesus' demand is unequivocal and without compromise.

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world, love for the Father is not in him (1 John 2:15).

We must make a choice either for or against God.

 Do you seek to please God in all your thoughts, actions, and relationships?

 Let the Holy Spirit fill your heart with the love of God (Romans 5:5).

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