MARVEL NOT…IF THE WORLD HATE YOU.
The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.
If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
The world cannot hate you, said Jesus to His unconverted brethren. They were of the world and the world loves its own.
Me it hateth, said our Lord of Himself. And why does it hate Him? “Because I testify of it that the works thereof are evil.” Light has come into the world and men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. This world resents the Light that shows it up.
The world hateth you, said our Lord to His disciples. And why does the world hate us? “Because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.” As we testify of the world that its deeds are evil and as we let our light shine and expose the unfruitful works of darkness, we share the hatred this age feels toward our Lord.
“The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not” (I Jno. 3:1).