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Devotional - week of June 2, 2013


WHY THE HATRED AND DESPITE?

“If the world hates you, you know that it hated me before it hated you.”  John 15:18  

“He who hates me hates my Father also”.  John 15:24

In light of these revealing statements from Jesus, consider wise words from the Book of Proverbs.

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him.  Proverbs 14:2

An unjust man is abominable to the righteous, and he who is upright in the way is abominable to the wicked.  Proverbs 29:27

He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, but he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. Proverbs 14: 2

… the wicked detest the upright Proverbs 29:27.(NIV)

But why is there such hatred and despite of God and His God-loving people?

John 7:7 quotes Jesus saying, “The world … hates Me because I testify of it that its works are evil.

Jesus also said that His followers are lights shining in the darkness. The shining light exposes the darkness. This alone creates guilt and the hatred and despite. The presence of one through whom the light shines exposes the darkness.