They just don’t not like you, even when they are being polite on the outside, they hate you. Most of you reading these words more than likely are not being persecuted for your faith in Christ by anyone but yourself, beating yourself up on a regular basis because of all those bad thoughts, those actions and inactions that you should have done or not done, because you are never good enough. You go right ahead and continue on that path, if you will not forgive yourself for all of those things when God already has, I can’t be of any assistance to you, stay in the rut if that is where you are most comfortable.
I am speaking today to those who have dedicated their lives to the Lord, to those who have truly been crucified with Him, those who do not care one whit what others think of them. Those that we speak to hate us, not always for the reasons you might think though, when we speak of salvation and sin to them, what they hear is one of two things, they are not good enough and you are better than them, they hear rejection of who they are and pride and arrogance coming from you.
It matters very little how much love you put into the statements, what verses that are used to show the infinite love that Jesus has for those that love Him, it does not matter the inflection or intonation of your voice, that is what they hear and that is why they hate you. It is not going to do much good to talk to any of them really, if they are not being called, they will not hear the message of love, but we don’t know that do we, and so we speak to everyone. They do not hear the truth, they hear fairy tales, they do not hear of a loving Father, they hear about an invisible sky daddy who just loves everybody no matter what, and when you bring up the subject of personal sin, they begin to hate you, because you have just told them that they are not good enough.
Try explaining Romans 3:23 to someone and not involve their own personal sin into the conversation, it is not possible, try telling them that the wrath of God abides on them, that they are not good enough to enter into heaven unless they do so through Jesus Christ. I can guarantee you, and you already know, that this is no way to win friends and influence people.
Sometimes yes, sometimes they have been blessed with ears to hear, these are the chosen, just like we are, they just were not aware of it yet, but the majority of times, no, they will still be in their sins when they remove themselves from your presence, which is what most of them will do.
People do not like being put down, and no matter how you sugar coat it, that is what the word of God does in its initial phases, it attempts to convict people that they are sinners, that no righteous act or deed they have ever done can be compared to what Christ did on the cross, that they are not good enough on their own, no merit they possess is going to allow them into the eternal kingdom of the Most High. It is no wonder why so many billions of people are deceived by the path of works, it makes them feel better about themselves, they get to continue to worship their own efforts, they get to feel as if they have something to offer God.
Who among the lost wants to hear, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5) Who wants to be told that every single thing that they have done throughout their entire lives has been a complete and total waste of time in the eyes of God, that the one thing they will not do is the only thing that would ever matter.
Those that are blinded by Satan, you must first go through Satan to reach, those that are blinded by their own pride you must first break down the wall of that pride, and by doing that, they will hate you. You and I both know John 15:18, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” All we have to do is live with constant frustration, not only watching the lost plunge headlong with glee into the fiery abyss, but watching some of those who say they are saved never growing, content in their own salvation, not really concerned about anyone else, to ashamed to be crucified with Him. Don’t stop, don’t rest, don’t quit. “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” (Gal. 6:9) The time to work is almost over, we can rest when we get home.