His disciples today still find themselves in the midst of the clash between the light and darkness.
Christ explained to his followers, “If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, because of this the world hates you.” (John 15:19) How does God instruct His children to live while facing this opposition?
“For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps, who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously; and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” — 1 Peter 2:21-24
We should also remember the words of John: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”— 1 John 2:15-17
What other opposition do you face? Maybe you have an inward battle that no one else is aware of, or you have an addiction that is taking you captive.
Maybe your health is deteriorating and you are struggling to find peace as the end draws near. Maybe your relationships are filled with turmoil or you are at a crossroads in your life.