2012-08-26 - Evil vs. Goodness
The Epistles of John ~ Part 57 ~ 1 John
Verse 13: John uses this example to contrast the difference between the righteous and the unrighteous. When brought up against righteousness, evil is forced to face itself. As a response, evil hated goodness. John tells his readers that they shouldn't be surprised if they are hated by the world. As Jesus said,
"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first" (John 15:18).
Remember that when John speaks of the world, he is talking about the system ruled by Satan. And the children of Satan hate the children of God. It is important to remember that when we serve God as he desires, we will experience interference. If we are truly committed to obedience, we will accept this as simply a fact of life.
To be continued.