I sure feel like this some days.
I do good (or at least I think I do).
What do I get back? Evil. Pure evil and hatred. If you don’t believe it, you should read the comments I get on Twitter. It is pretty vile. It takes a thick skin to stand up for Jesus against God-haters.
I give out good and get back evil from God-haters who can’t stand a God-lover. ~King David | Psalm 38:20
Jesus is clear in His manifesto (Matthew 5 – 7) that “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.” Persecution, in the country where Jesus is King leads to happiness.
There is no doubt that persecution is a stark reality of living the life of a disciple of Jesus. Persecution is to be expected: the apostle Paul warned that “everyone who wants to live a godly life in the Messiah Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
- Jesus said that, if they persecuted Him, they will also persecute His followers (John 15:20). Jesus made it clear that those of the world will hate disciples because the world hates the Messiah.
- If we were like the world — vain, earthly, sensual, and given to pleasure, wealth, and ambition — the world would not oppose us. But disciples do not belong to the world, which is why the world engages in our persecution (see John 15:18–19).
- Disciples are influenced by different principles from those of the world. We are motivated by the love of God and holiness, while the world is driven by the love of sin. It is our very separation from the world that arouses the world’s animosity (1 Peter 4:3–4).
God is faithful. God stands by and protects me.
God is just and interested in justice. God will come to judgement. His orders will be carried out.