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Last-Ditch Effort (TJL 4.3)

Saturday                                                                       John 15:18-27

“If the world hates you, know that it hated me first.” Jesus knows the pain of betrayal. He gave Judas everything He had, and Judas still chose to betray Jesus. And it hurt. Jesus, perhaps as a way of both grieving and preparing the disciples for their mission ahead, speaks about those who hate Him, and how He deals with it. The way to deal with people who persecute you is to remember the One they are really persecuting: your Father in Heaven. It isn’t something to take personally. When we take things personally, it is more difficult to love our enemies. 

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