John 15:18, 21 (NIV 1984)
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me.
We want to be liked by others. However, it can be tough when we are reminded that not everyone is going to like us. Additionally, it can be difficult when we realize that their dislike of us may simply be because we love and try to follow Jesus and His example for holy living. As a disciple, this should not surprise us. Jesus tells us, through the Scriptures, that just as they hate Him, they will hate us. May we stand firm when we are experiencing the hatred that unbelievers have of us. May we turn to the Holy Spirit for strength and wisdom at those times. Through our witness, may those who persecute us see the error of their ways. (inspired by Reflecting God – Devotions for Holy Living, WordAction Publishing Company)