Manage Expectations Part 2 – John 15:19

By Tammy Burke

Can you love people who don’t love you back?

“If you belonged to the world, the world would love you as its own. However, because you do not belong to the world, but I chose you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you.” John 15:19 NET

When we start following Christ, we begin to leave “the world.” Jesus doesn’t leave a lot of wiggle room in this process.

So what are we to do? Love people. That’s about the only thing we can control. We can’t save them? We can’t help them see Jesus any way other than simply living our life following Jesus. We can’t fix the broken in people, we can simply love them.

It seems that Jesus is saying, anyone not following him hates him. He’s not wrong. When we follow him, we’re called to love people, knowing they won’t love us back.

How can that challenge you today? Pray for the people you will meet and ask God to show you how to love them. And remember, what we do because we follow Jesus matters, forever.

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