FRIENDSHIP WITH THE WORLD IS ENMITY WITH GOD by benaiah juma.
Jas 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
It is common today when people come to the lord, they will end up saying everyone hates them; everyone is being mean to them, they don’t fit in anywhere and so forth. When this happens to you, this is a sign that everything is going on well on track because you are not supposed to fit in the world if you are a follower of Jesus Christ. If the world has rejected the lord Jesus Christ they are also supposed to reject the true followers of the lord Jesus Christ. If the world killed our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, they will also kill true disciples of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ, what the world did to the master they will also do to His servants.
Jesus Christ told his disciples if they have called the master of the house Beelzebub how much reproach and affliction shall they do to his sheep. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ expect mocking and reproaches when you preach or live on this earth. If people do not hate you, you are not walking on the way of the cross.
If the world hates you, it shows that the bible prophecy of the lord Jesus Christ is true. The people who hate true Christians are the seeds of those who persecuted and murdered the true prophets of God. The lord Jesus Christ told us about the seed of the righteous and the seed of the wicked. As long as the lord has not destroyed the devil and his seed, sin will continue to dwell here on earth, but Jesus Christ promised us that the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.
When you are in the world, the world will love you because you are one of them, but if you come out of the world the world will hate you because you are not one of them. When you come out of the world you become a pain to the deeds of the world which makes them sick of you. When you do not participate in unfruitful works of darkness but rather you reprove them, the unbelievers will depart or they will ask you to depart.
The lord Jesus Christ told us that sinners are of the devil for the devil sinneth from the beginning. There is no relationship between light and darkness. When you live in the light, children of darkness will come against you. The Jews crucified Jesus Christ and asked for Barabbas to be released, which means the wicked delight in the frowardness of the wicked and despise and hate the light of Jesus Christ. If the world doesn’t hate you there is a big problem, you are not with God. People should not like you, the world belongs to Satan. If you are truly following Jesus Christ like you are supposed to, you will not have a lot of friends because few people follow the word of God. People claim to love Jesus Christ but keeping the commandments is a no no.
When people hate you because you are saved, you should rejoice in that because it is a clear cut evidence that you belong to God. Jesus Christ told us to rejoice if the world reviles and persecutes us for his name sake for greater is our reward in heaven for so did their fathers persecute the prophets that were before us. If you fit in with everybody you are not with God. Friendship with the world is enmity with God. If you make yourself a friend of the world you make yourself an enemy of God. If you make yourself a friend of God you make yourself an enemy of the world. Once you are a friend of God expect to be thrown into prisons, killed, persecuted, reviled by sinners and so forth. That is simply the way to the kingdom of heaven. Do not seek to please men, seek to please God even though this costs you your life on this earth. My brethren in Christ Jesus, do not marvel why the world hates you because it hated Him first.
1Jn 3:13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
Be blessed in Jesus name.
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