They Hated Me Without a Cause
“Let them not rejoice over me who are wrongfully my enemies; Nor let them wink with the eye who hate me without a cause.” (Psalms 35:19)
It is one thing to be despised or even to be punished because of some evil thing we have done. It is another to be hated and persecuted without a cause. Peter wrote, “Having a good conscience, that when they defame you as evildoers, those who revile your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed. For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil” (I Peter 3:16,17).
Jesus warned us that the world will hate us, just as it hated Him (John 15:18). We are to rise above the vile elements of this evil world to be shining lights for our Lord. If they hated Him, they will hate us for following His way of life. We should expect this and not be surprised when we do not run to the same acts of evil as they (I Peter 4:4). Jesus always spoke the truth. Jesus always treated other people as they should have been treated. Jesus always kept His commitment to the Heavenly Father. The enemies of Jesus had no just cause for hating Him, for opposing Him, for persecuting Him, and for putting Him to death. “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause’” (John 15:25).
We have an obligation to speak up for what is right in a world which hates what is good. This is not an excuse to be hateful or obnoxious. Indeed, we are to be “speaking the truth in love” (Ephesians 4:15), but nevertheless to be fearless in standing up for the truth. Let’s make sure that those who speak against us do not have a just cause.
If we are called upon to be opposed or persecuted for the cause of Christ, we must accept it with joy. What a privilege to suffer with Christ in His cause. If we do what is right, and show Christian cheer, those who oppose us may see their own wrongdoing and perhaps even desire to know more about the Lord who strengthens us.
Warning: We should not glory if bad things come our way because we have done what is wrong, in what we do, in what we say, or in our attitudes. That is just getting what is coming to us. We should also not seek out trouble as if we are better than others if we are being persecuted. So let’s be careful with what we say and do, so as not to bring trouble upon ourselves. However, if we, in good conscience are called upon to suffer, we know that the Lord will take care of us and will give us His reward if we have been faithful.
Our minds go to the cross of Christ where He suffered and died to redeem us and we remember that the Righteous died for the unrighteous (That’s us!). We should be so thankful that He was willing to accept such unjust treatment in order for us to be saved from our sins.