Bible Passage:John 17:14b
And the world has hated them.
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Here our character, and the true mark of Christians by which they are distinguished in the world, are identified descriptively. If you desire to be a disciple of Christ, and if you love His Word, then do not be ashamed of this mark, but be content to have the world be your enemy. For you will find that, it will not be strangers and wicked and abandoned men only, but your best and most intimate friends, honorable and worthy people, and even men revered and respected by the world for their sanctity, will turn against you and plot your destruction, or will malign you and lay snares for you from every quarter. And yet there will be nothing of which they can accuse you, or which they can lay to your charge, no vice of which they can condemn you, either of having defrauded anyone, or hurt him, or in any way injured him, but only that you love, hold, cherish, confess, and preach the Word of Christ. The world knows how to wink at, to pardon, to cover with a good grace, and to excuse all crimes. It knows how to extend its benevolence to all kinds of enormities, by opening its doors, by toleration, in pity, by affording relief. But Christians the earth cannot endure; so that he who persecutes, condemns, and punishes them with death is thought to be endowed with the most exalted virtues, does God the highest service, and confers a benefit on his country, as Christ teaches in John, chapter 16. Therefore these words are most expressive: "The world has hated them". It is as though Jesus meant to say: The world has nothing else to do but to persecute Christians with its hatred.
Be of good cheer; your cause belongs
To Him who can avenge your wrongs;
Leave it to Him, our Lord.
Though hidden yet from mortal eyes.
His Gideon shall for you arise,
Uphold you and His Word.
aka Pastor Robin Fish
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