I have been studying I John in recent weeks/months. Many aspects of this book are convicting and challenging.
I John 3: 13 – “Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you.”
My guess is that not many people really desire or long to be hated. Being hated by anyone is agony and certainly adds stress to one’s life. Why should we “not marvel” (not be surprised} if the world hates us?
Jesus said in John 15 – “if they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you.”
In Matthew 10:12, Jesus said to His disciples, “And you shall be hated by all on account of My name.”
Amos 5:10 gives one reason for such hatred – “They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks with integrity.”
John 3:19 gives another clue – “. . . men loved darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.”
As we live in this evil world as followers of Jesus, as we live as
“light” in a rather “dark” world, we should not be surprised if we are
not “welcomed with open arms”. It will take courage and strength and
boldness to stand for truth and to speak out against evil and sin. That
will NOT be popular.
Our “difference” from “the world” is at the same time offensive, but, it is also what makes us and our life/message attractive.
May we all be offensive, in the right way!