“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the 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. That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: No servant is greater than his master. If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:18–20, NIV 1984).
“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that.” (Luke 6:27–33, NIV 1984).
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:17–18 NIV 1984).
My Musings – Connect the dots. We do not belong to the world, so the world will hates us. The world hated Christ first, and as His followers, we can expect no less. Nevertheless, we are not to respond in kind. We are not to strike back. We are not to repay evil with evil. We are charged to repay the hate with love and goodness. To do what is right in the eyes of everybody, even those who persecute us. This may not stop the hate and mistreatment we receive for His name sake. And yet, it may. It may even win them over. So, as far as it depends on us, we are to live at peace with even those who consider us their enemy.
The World Hates Us•••As Far As It Depends On Us•••Do Good To Those That Hate Us
My Advice – “No servant is greater than his master.” Can we possibly think we have a greater reason to exact vengeance upon those who mistreat us? How many can we expect to lead into the Kingdom that way? As He was dying, being mocked and despised, Jesus uttered words of forgiveness — “Father forgive them.” How are we doing? We have been chosen out of the world. Let’s not respond in a worldly manner.