I Want You To Like Me...

Sometimes...okay, most of the time it is really hard to live in this world.  It can seem as if everybody and everything is against you. 

Well, if you belong to God - and I hate to add to anyone's personal paranoia - but they are and it is. 

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.."  John 15:18

Do you ever wonder why it is so hard to be friends with certain people? People that when you are with them you feel as if you must meet some unspoken or possibly loudly-spoken agenda? That if you don't think or act or respond or do whatever they are doing you might upset them and then they won't like you?

Am I speaking to anybody??

I'm writing about this because I keep noticing people, my friends, the church and bless-it-all myself continue to try to be in the world and of the world at the same time and IT IS NOT WORKING. 

Could it be that we have possibly forgotten who we are? Have we forgotten that we are meant to be distinct? Have we forgotten that we will be at odds because this world is not our home? This is not a new problem. In fact, we have been dealing with our selective amnesia since time began. Thankfully Jesus can shine truth if you, like me, suffer from like-me-itis.

It is not popular to split people into groups. It is not socially conscious to say "us" and "them" but we must understand that there is a difference. Jesus knew. That's why he told the disciples these words,

"If you belonged to this world, it would love you as its own.  As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. This is why the world hates you."  John 15:19</