If They Have Hated Me (John 15)

Imagine that He should be hated!

A brother so thoughtful and kind

A teacher with offers of Heaven

A fruitful and life-giving Vine.

He says we are grafted within Him

And all that He is, we shall be.

Though sometimes the Father must prune us

From false growth and error set free.

He speaks of a world self-indulging

And hostile to love undefiled

And maddened to bury His message

Oppressive and scheming and wild.

They’re bound to reject Him completely

And ones set apart to His cause

With weapons they’ve crafted for ages

Their money, religion and laws.

He warns that the same is our portion

For leaving that bunch at His call

But we will be armed with His Spirit

Who gladdens and overcomes all.

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