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DECEMBER 8

 

 If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you—John 15:18.

 

 As our Master was hated without a cause, so let it be with us so far as possible, that the hatred, malice, envy and murder which may be poured out against us may be wholly unmerited by us that our lives shall be as nearly pure as possible; that so far as we are able, our thoughts and words and deeds may show forth the praises of our Lord, and speak of our love for all men, especially for the household of faith. By and by, when the new dispensation is fully inaugurated, those who hate us now, largely because they are blinded by the Adversary and misled, will bow before the Lord’s Anointed, and we shall have the great pleasure of lifting them up, blessing them, encouraging them and forgiving them, and assisting them back to the full image and likeness of God.

 

 

Parallel passages: Psalm. 41: 9; John 1: 19-25; Isa. 53: 1-3; Matthew. 10: 16-39; 24: 9; Mark 13: 13; Luke 21: 17; 19:14; John 16: 2, 3; 17: 14; 1.John 3:1, 13.