If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.(18) If the world hate you.—He has spoken of their close union with Himself, and of their love to each other. He proceeds in the remainder of the chapter to speak of their relation to the world. There is a striking contrast between the “love” in the last verse, and the “hatred” in this. There was the more need for them to be close bound to each other, and to their Lord, on account of the hatred which awaited them in the world.Ye know that it hated me before it hated you.—It is better to take the first word as an imperative, “Know that it hated . . .” The very hatred, then, is a bond of union with their Master, and this thought should supply strength to meet it, and joy even when suffering from it (John 15:11), (Comp. 1Peter 4:12-13), (Ellicott's Commentary).
Jan. 08, 2016 | India
Pray for Christians Targeted by Radical Hindus
An evangelist was killed and another Christian couple hospitalized with life-threatening injuries recently in two separate attacks by radical Hindus. The evangelist, who suffered extensive injuries, died one day after being released from the hospital. He leaves behind a wife and 6-month-old child. The Christian couple was attacked a few days after his death.
Jan. 15, 2016 | Bangladesh
Pray for Lohit, Attacked for His Faith
Pastor “Lohit” and a group of Christian leaders were attacked and robbed while managing a VOM project that involved building homes for persecuted believers. Attackers entered the home where the men were staying, beat them and stole money, food and household items. Police took the Christians to the hospital for treatment but were unable to make any arrests in the attack. The stolen money had been intended for local persecuted believers. After recovering from the attack, the men returned to the area to continue their work.