God called you to be sanctified.
He's set you apart for His service.
Now, you already know that if you stand firm with God and stick to His principles, the world will move further and further away from you.
In fact, the gap between the people of God and the people of the world is widening every day.
Sadly, the gulf is so wide now that it's nearly impossible for those on the anti-God side to see the beauty, peace, hope, and love that the sanctified enjoy every moment of every day.
Satan has done a great job blinding them.
Don't be surprised.
Jesus said this would happen.
You can grieve for the fate of those who remain lost on the other side of the chasm, but don't lose heart and don't take it personally.
After all, they aren't rejecting you. They're rejecting the God who adopted you into His family.
So, what should you do?
Respond to lies with truth.
Respond to curses with praise.
Respond to evil with goodness.
Respond to arrogance with humility.
Respond to brutality with gentleness.
Respond to hatred with love, remembering that LOVE:
- is patient, kind, humble, harmonious, and selfless
- is not provoked and doesn't keep a record of wrongs
- bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things
It isn't easy to love the hateful, but it can be done with God's help.
While Jesus was bleeding out on the cross, He prayed for God to forgive the murderers that surrounded Him.
Stephen raised prayers asking God to forgive the mob even as they raised their arms to stone him.
Love conquers all.
Whatever you do, remember LOVE will never fail.