Lovers of Jesus are hated for Jesus. You’ve experienced, that haven’t you? You meet people who are Christless and hopeless. You tell them about hope in Christ and they hate you for it. They threaten you and accuse you of being a hater. You’re like, “What just happened?” All I did was love them and they hated me for it.
How should we respond to those who hate us for loving them? We’re tempted to hate the haters, aren’t we? Or, at least, stop loving those who don’t want to be loved. Or maybe, we start editing the good news to make it more acceptable. But then we all lose. Let’s ask Jesus, the greatest lover who received the greatest hate. Jesus models how to love haters in Luke 13:31-35.