Since God graciously saved a wretch like me, I have been through a few 'trials' and am being refined even as we speak. I am grateful to the Lord for the trials that He sends to 'whip me into shape'! I understand the world hating me, even when that includes my own family. When you point out sin, and refuse to embrace it as they do, you naturally come under attack. I praise God for His mercy and love, without Him I could not withstand these trials.
I came across this short study by Mike Ratliff; it reassured me and blessed me as well. I do hope you will be blessed as you read this...
The Spirit-filled Christian’s Walk is an Act of Worship
September 12, 2010 — Mike Ratliff
by Mike Ratliff
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 ESV)
The Christian walk that John Bunyan set before us in his masterpiece The Pilgrim’s Progress is not one of “having your best life now” nor is it having all of your problems suddenly replaced with “opportunities.” No, Bunyan understood, and we need to as well, that no where in God’s Word are we promised that all we have to do is “come to Jesus and all our problems are over.” No, in fact, the opposite may very well be true. Jesus was not exaggerating when he said in John 15:18-19, “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”