The people who truly love God know very well what it feels like to be hated for Christs’ sake, but it is not the worlds ways which leads us back to God. There is only one way to heaven, and doing what is right in the eyes of God but not to the world is worth it! (Luke 6:22,23). Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
It is not good to be a foolish and unlearned in the word of God, but to gain wisdom which separates one from the crowd and be a fool for Christs sake is an honor. (1 Corinthians 4:9-13). For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace; And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.
Jesus plainly spoke to His Father knowing that He was not of the world and neither are His people who have chose His way and are hated for it. (John 17:13-17). And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Our Lord forewarned us of the way we would be treated to be His follower, and that we would be persecuted. (John 15:18-21). It is never wrong to suffer if we do what is right, and not return evil even to those we believe deserve it. Vengeance truly is Gods (1 Peter 3:13-17) And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
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