Theme: PRECEPTS FROM THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
Text: “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” – John 15:19.
Comment: Before his death, our Redeemer charged the apostles to be strong and forward-looking by not allowing themselves to be weakened or confused by the persecutions of those opposing the truth. The church is of necessity in the world; but the world must not be in the Church. – 1 John 4:5; John 3:19-21.
It is by keeping oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27) that one can prove he is a true disciple of Christ. Apostle John warns us thus, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.” – 1 John 2:15-17; 2 Corinthians 6:17-18.
The Christian attitude is that the believer should not compromise his faith or conform to the world to please the world just to avoid bad name, hatred and abuse. Rather, the person on the side of truth must condemn and expose evil in every shape or form. – Ephesians 5:11; Romans 12:1, 2.