“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as it loves its own. But I have chosen you out of the world, so you don’t belong to it. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: A servant is not greater than his master. If people did wrong to me, they will do wrong to you, too. And if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours, too. They will do all this to you on account of me, because they do not know the One who sent me. John 15:18-21
Suppose you go to a LA Rams playoff game in San Francisco. 65,000 fans are screaming love for their team. One problem. You support the Seahawks. You open your jacket and people can see the Seahawk colors. Will the Rams fans love you?
Some people love God. Some hate Him. Two teams. That’s what Jesus is saying here. If you are on “Team Jesus”, people who hate Jesus will hate you too. That’s just the way it is. Don’t be surprised.
Remember two things. First, if people do bad things to you because you do the right thing, you are blessed. See what I wrote below. Second, the world may hate us because of Jesus, but we do not hate them. They are not the enemy. They are future brothers and sisters in Christ. We love them the same way Jesus loves them.