Hate is such a strong word, isn’t it? As Christians, we’re taught we should never hate anyone, yet that is the word that is used in this portion of Scripture to describe how non-Christians will feel toward Christians. We’re told that this hatred is not because of us, but because of the One we serve. It makes sense, doesn’t it? That’s why we need to try not to take this hatred to heart – we need to remember that Jesus still loves us and we need to keep striving for the prize – because we have reason to rejoice in the end, for in the end we gain Heaven! Remember, there is still a hell to shun and a Heaven to gain. It’s not personal when we are hated – and we need to get tough skinned, wear blinders and keep being the people we’re supposed to be.
Even when the world seems to be against us, God is pleased!
Speaking for myself – it’s really one more reason why I have to stay in God’s Word and shun other things. I have to stay in touch with what the Lord finds acceptable and pray that He will help me be the person I need to be. You know, I saw a post online the other day, and it fits perfectly with this subject: We’ve all had moments when we feel misunderstood and abandoned by others. We have to remember what Jesus went through to secure our Salvation – that puts all of our rough patches in perspective, doesn’t it? I’ve not been abused like He was! God is good all the time, even when people are not good. We are commanded to go into the world and preach the good news – so we plant seeds of hope everywhere we go! That’s all we have to do – what happens after that is up to God! That’s how I look at it. I do my part and God takes care of the rest!
So there you have it! If we will trust God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit to be our guide as we stay strong and endure in the faith, we will be saved and make Heaven our home one day! God’s never going to steer us wrong. 🙂