"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you." ~ John 15:18-19
Those who are of the world love themselves and the things of theis world and have no true love for the Father and Me. They want complete independence and security apart from God. They have no interest in hearing My words, much less obeying them. Is it any wonder that they have little room in their hearts for My true followers? Child, they may be fine with you as long as you are quiet about Me and silent about the lies of the world. But talk about Me and share the truth about the worlds and its values, and watch them throw stones. When those of the world distance themselves from you, ridicule you, say terrible things about you, and even do terrible things to you, don't fret. Insead, rejoice! Realize that they are treating you the way they treated the prophets and Me. Rejoice, for great will be your reward in heaven!
"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of eveil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." ~ Matthew 5:11-12 (NASB)
From "Jesus Speaks" by Steven K. Scott