My Musings – Jesus passes the love that the Father has for Him on to us. In the same way, we must pass this love on to our brothers and sisters in Christ. In this way the world will know that we are His disciples. If, in seeing this the world hates us, it is because the world hates Christ (and by extension, the Father as well). Why? Because although “light has come into the world, men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.” (John 3:19-21,NIV 1984). As followers of Christ, we are to reflect the light. So if they hate the light, they will hate us to.
My Advice – Walk in the light as He is in the light. We can bear the hate of the world as long as we have the love of the Father. Evenso, keep proclaiming the truth. In so doing, some may ultimately come into the light.