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HATED on Account of My Name

Updated on August 29, 2010
Take up My cross.
Take up My cross.

Take Up the Cross

Mark 10:21 states “Come, take up the cross, and follow Me.”

Gal 4:16 “Have I therefore become your enemy by telling you the truth?”

The question that's been on my heart lately has been, "How do we handle 'hate' when it comes to us from the “world” that we are supposed to love?  When we love them enough to tell them the truth, we end up accused of being unloving.   Have you suffered real hatred formed against you? Hate by the world is that of despising God's children, and is rooted in evil. Hate seeks to steal, kill and destroy. Have you heard of “hate crimes”? Killing Jesus was a “hate crime”. Killing the Jews was a “hate crime”. Racism spawns “hate crimes”. Men who hate women beat them and some even kill them, and vise versa. One thing’s for sure, the cost of evangelism is that we will be hated by the world.

We need to remember that we are in the world, but not of it. John 15:19 states, “If you were of the world, the world would love [phileo] 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.” The god of this world is Satan who was given this dominion for a measured amount of time. Satan hates God; therefore, he hates God’s children, and those who are his hate God and His children, too.

Since John 15:19 used the word 'phileo', I'd like to share what this Greek word for 'love' means: to be a friend to (fond of [an individual or object]), i.e. have affection for (denoting personal attachment, as a matter of sentiment or feeling; while agapao [v. form of the noun agape] is wider, embracing espec, the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety: the two thus stand related very much: the former [phileo] being chiefly of the heart and the latter [agapao] of the head; phileo is spec. to kiss (as a mark of tenderness):- kiss, love.

Did you get that? Agape is of the head (decision); Phileo is of the heart. Keep this is your mind and heart as you continue reading.

Agape Love

John 3:16 tells us that "God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." And, while we are told to love our enemies (Mat 5:43-45), we are not to be friends with the world (James 4:4).

The word “enemies” in the New Testament is the Greek word echthros (ekh-thros’); from a primitive echtho (to hate); hateful (passive odious, or act hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan):-enemy, foe.

The word “love” applicable in the above passages is agapao [the verb form of the noun agape]: (ag-ap-ah’-o); perh. from agan (much) to love (in social or moral sense (be-) love (-ed). As shown above in the latter part of the definition of phileo, this is wider, embracing especially the judgment and the deliberate assent of the will as a matter of principle, duty and propriety; a matter of the mind.

This type of love is found in John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.”

God loves with agape love. It is a demonstrative love. Look at Rom 5:8 "But God demonstrates His own love [agape] toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." It is impossible for one to love with agape love, if they don't know God.

Phileo, while it is related to agape, goes a step further. It includes an element of the heart ~ that of friendship. John 15:13-14 gives us an example of the connection: “Greater love [agape] has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you.” Those who don't know God cannot walk in agape love. Look at 2 Thess 2:10 “…and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love [agape] of the truth so as to be saved.” Well, who is the Truth? Jesus Christ (John 14:6).

Some think that, since God is love (which He is), He will not judge anyone; nor should His children. This is not truth. In fact, His love was so great for us that it cost Him His very life to save you and me because He is just and righteous and just. Surely, Rom 8:38-39 tell us, "For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." What does it mean to be 'in Christ Jesus our Lord'? It means to be born again.

Look at John 15:9-10 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love."

What are those commandments?

Mat 22:36-39: "'You shall love [agapao] the Lord your God with all your heart [indicating phileo], and with all your soul, and with all your mind [indicating agape].' This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, 'You shall love [agapao] your neighbor as yourself.'"

In fact, 1 John 4:8 states, "The one who does not love [agapao] does not know God, for God is love [agape]."  Think about it; if you keep the second commandment without keeping the first, you are not 'in Christ'. Likewise, if you keep the first commandment without keeping the second, you are not 'in Christ'.

There's got to be more to it, considering John 17:9: "I [Jesus] ask on their behalf; I do not ask on behalf of the world, but of those whom You have given Me; for they are Yours.”

Phileo - Friendship: A Matter of the Heart

Agape love is commanded of us. God demonstrated His agape love toward us. We demonstrate that agape love toward Him and to everyone. He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34) and we must not be either. When we abide in Him and His love abides in us, we not only become the 'friend' of God through loving [agapao] Him, we then experience phileo love with our brethren in Christ.

1 John 4:7 confirms this: "Beloved, let us love [agapao] one another, for love [agape] is from God; and everyone who loves [agapao] is born of God and knows God."

In order to abide in His love, we must first love [agapao] God. Afterall, we love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). Again, John 15:14 states, "You are My friends, if you do what I command you."  The balance of the matter, however, is found in James 4:4 "You adulteresses, do you not know that friendship [philia - from phileo] with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." WOW. Remember John 15:19: "If you were of the world, the world would love [phileo] 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."

When we become a friend of God, we are also friends with those who love Him. As with phileo, the love of the brethren is the Greek word philadelphia (fil-ad-el’-fee-ah); fraternal affection:-brotherly love (kindness), love of the brethren. 1 John 3:13-14 states, “Do not marvel, brethren, if the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.”

Jesus or Barrabus?
Jesus or Barrabus?

You will be Hated

Following are pertinent scriptures that identify the hatred that comes from the world and why:

Mat 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.”

Mat 10:22 “And you will be hated by all on account of My name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. But whenever they persecute you in this city, flee to the next; for truly I say to you, you shall not finish going through the cities of Israel, until the Son of Man comes.”

Mat 13:25-30 “But while men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares also among the wheat, and went away. But when the wheat sprang up and bore grain, then the tares became evident also. And the slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ And the slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No; lest while you are gathering up the tares, you may root up the wheat with them. Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”

Mat 13:39 “…and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.”

Mat 24:9 “Then they will deliver you to tribulation, and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations on account of My name.”

Luke 1:70-71 “As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets from of old—‘Salvation FROM OUR ENEMIES, And FROM THE HAND OF ALL WHO HATE US;”

Luke 1:74-75 “To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, Might serve Him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before Him all our days.”

Luke 6:22 “Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and cast insults at you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for in the same way their fathers used to treat the prophets.”

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you.”

Luke 19:27 “But these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slay them in my presence.”

Luke 21:17-19 “…and you will be hated by all on account of My name. Yet not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your lives.”

John 3:20 “For everyone that does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”

John 7:7 “The world cannot hate you; but it hates Me because I testify of it, that its deeds are evil.”

John 12:25 “He who loves his life loses it; and he who hates his life in this world shall keep it to life eternal.”

John 15:18-24 “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. 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, therefore the world hates you.” Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they kept My word, they will keep yours also. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. He who hates Me hates My Father also.” Verse 25 “…THEY HATED ME WITHOUT A CAUSE.”

  • Now, compare the truth of John 14:18-24 with Galatians 2:20 "I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me." Do you think the world would treat Christ any different now than when He first came to this world and spoke and did everything His Father showed Him? Likewise, if His Spirit lives in us and through us, we need to understand what it means that the world will hate "us", when indeed it hates "Christ in us".

Acts 13:9-10 “But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, fixed his gaze upon him, and said, ‘You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?”

Rom 1:30 “…haters of God…” vs 32 “…that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.

Phil 3:18 “For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.”

1 John 3:13 "Do not be surprised, brethren, if the world hates you."

Boundary of Love

Enemies are not friends; they are foes. They do not love God or the “brethren”. Because they are enemies of the cross, they are also our enemies. They are the children of their father, the devil. John 8:44 “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  They do not abide in the agape love of God.

The Word instructs us in Mat 7:6 “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

The Apostle Paul told Timothy in 1 Tim 6:20-21 "O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called 'knowledge'--which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you."

God both Loves and Hates

We know that God loves the world, but can He love and HATE at the same time? Why do we struggle so with the oppression to “love” those that “hate” us and are at emnity with Jesus, our Lord? Yes, we are to pray for those who persecute us (Mat 5:44), but appropriate love is now clarified in this study. Let’s look at a few scriptures that show that indeed God HATES, and likewise does not condemn us when we hate what He hates.

Pro 3:34 "Though He scoffs at the scoffers, Yet He gives grace to the afflicted."

Rom 12:9 "Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good."

Heb 1:9 "You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy."

Rev 2:6 [God to the church in Ephesus] “Yet this you do have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.”


About our enemies

1. They come and sow tares among the wheat (try to keep us from growing and flourishing).

2. They hate Jesus, who is the light.

3. They love their life.

4. They do not know God and hate Him.

5. They not only practice the things worthy of death, but also give hearty approval to those who do the same.

6. They make crooked the ways of the Lord.

7. They are enemies of the cross of Christ, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.

8. They have friendship (agape/phileo) with the world, which makes them an enemy of Christ.

9. They do not abide in the love (agape) of God.

Enemies of God’s Children

1. They hate us without a cause.

2. They ostracize us, and cast insults at us, and spurn our names as evil.

3. They trample that which is holy and will tear us to pieces (if we give them anything holy).

4. It is their desire to deliver us to tribulation and kill us.

5. They persecute us.

6. They do not abide in the love (agape) of God.

The fate of our enemies

1. The two final witnesses will exercise power to devour, kill, and bring plagues on them.

2. Like tares, they will be bound in bundles and burned up (Hell).

3. Because they do not love the “brethren” (God’s children), they abide in death.

4. They are slain in His presence.

5. Their end is DESTRUCTION.

6. They do not abide in the love (agape) of God.

God’s Promises to His Children

1. We will have salvation from our enemies and from the hands of all who hate us.

2. We will be delivered from the hands of our enemies.

3. He has given us authority.

4. Not a hair of our heads will perish.

5. He has anointed us with the oil of gladness above our companions.

6. Be glad and joyful; we are blessed because our reward is great in heaven.

7. Do not marvel.

8. Do not give what is holy to dogs or cast our pearls before swine.

9. Endure to the end and we will gain our lives.

10. Flee to the next city when we are persecuted.

11. If we hate this life, we will keep it to life eternal.

12. We now abide and will forever abide in the love (agape and phileo) of God! 

Luke 10:25-37
Luke 10:25-37

The Final Word on Love

The Love Chapter is found in 1 Corinthians 13. It is important, however, to walk in the boundary of love, in that we are not to embrace the world and its ways as a friend would do. Consider again the words of the Apostle Paul in Gal 4:16 "So have I become your enemy by telling you the truth?" You certainly aren't responsible for becoming the 'enemy' of the world. The world is your enemy, when they do "not receive the love [agape] of the truth so as to be saved" (2 Thes 2:10).

What is the purpose in loving our enemies? Rom 12:20-21 tells us: “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head".  Agape love demonstrates God's love to them, in hopes that they will respond to Him and choose to follow Him.  Likewise, we are to love our brethren in the Lord as shown in Mat 25:34-40: “Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.’

Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You drink? And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? And when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.”


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    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      8 years ago from Roseville, CA

      So glad you loved this hub, ii3rittles!! Awesome! I say that if the Spirit of God lives in us, we will hate what God hates and love as God loves; that love includes sharing the truth in love, which those who love darkness will hate ~ and sometimes they will even hate YOU, the messenger, for they may not be able to recognize or separate flesh from spirit. For this reason, the flesh of the saved oftentimes offends the unsaved, for they then judge Christ Jesus by our flesh. However, when they 'see' Light shining through our everyday flesh, and realize it's not 'natural', they may 'see' the Spirit of Christ in us. May we shine His loving, righteous Light wherever we go. God bless you, ii3rittles :-)

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      8 years ago

      Loved this hub! I have one question though...

      Its "ok" to hate the things God does correct?

      So in me hating the things people do (out of evil) is ok by God? But hating the (actual) person is wrong, correct?

      I honestly can say I hate the flesh of many people, by ways of their actions. I try to not use this word though, instead I use dislike or strongly dislike. I realize that we are not flesh fighting flesh but spirit fighting flesh over our own souls. Flesh = Evil, Spirit = Good. Thats why I try to do things by the heart not the flesh, or act on the flesh.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Aw, you're such a blessing to me, GW. I'm so glad this ministered to your heart. I'm up late, too ~ been working on a new hub ~ and hey, if more "hate" comes my way with the new hub, praise the Lord anyhow! lol Oh, we do our best to love and learn. Sometimes I think building faith means thicker skin...and coming back with kindness ~ lol God bless you, my friend.

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      The IGNITER vs Corrupted Governments 

      9 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      When we are hated on account of His Name! It is GOOD THING!

      True words and I relate to the understanding of these words greatly! Excellent hub and good late night reading JD! :)

      Hope all is well--was thinking of you tonight :)

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      SwiftlyClean, Amen, sister! One thing that's greatly helped me since I first started dealing with "hate", is found in my hub "KARMA and Christianity", though the subject matter is quite different. There's a section in that hub that explains the parable of the Sower and the Seed. When we understand we sow the Seed of the Word of God and are not responsible for the increase, but it is God Who brings the increase, we tend not to take hate so personally. In fact, what also encourages me is that when someone reacts with hate, it is because of conviction felt in him/her by the Holy Spirit. Conviction means "guilt", which convicts them unto repentance and acceptance of salvation. For this reason, we can truly rejoice when we are hated on account of His Name! It is GOOD THING! Praise God!

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      9 years ago from Texas

      Great Hub!Enjoyed it.Put Gods word first.

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      AMEN!! When we KNOW we have the victory, there is NO SHAKING US! What can mere man do to us when our God is greater than he that is in the world?! How do people TEST the truth? They test it and test it and test it again and again and again, and when something is true, it will never fail. That is our witness! We will not be moved!!!

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      Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles 

      9 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      lol, lol, I always tell them who hates me because of Christ sake, THEY BETTER GET THE SOME JESUS! LIKE I DID! lol, lol, I am IN LOVE WITH JESUS GET USE TO IT!lol, lol Great Hub once again!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Hi sweet sister, fivehorns :-) Thank you so much. I will hopefully get to publishing some new material soon! I'm so glad you stopped by and are blessed. Lots to read thus far, and I hope you enjoy even more :-) God bless you! I love your hubs as well :-) Thank you again!!

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      9 years ago

      Wonderful Hub!! I hope you have the opportunity to teach...its your gift. You spell it out even for us "elementary" Christians to understand :)

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      10 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      Amen! So very true!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      That's right, thefount. We just understand that hate will happen, but it's of the spiritual realm and is not to be marveled at. We just keep walking in the truth and show love (appropriately, not oppressively) to our enemies. It's not sinful for us to hate the deeds of evil doers because we have God's heart and jealousy for Him! Praise the Lord in all things and thank Him for the victory, for He has given us dominion over evil when we allow Him to fight our battles and empower Him to do so by our faith in Him!!

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      10 years ago from North Central Louisiana

      It goes like this: "Let it be on their record, not yours." :D

      That's the real test, how will we respond when persecuted?

      Thanks for this wonderful hub and your prayers and encouragement!

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York


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      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Likewise, brother. I know it's hard to lose closeness with family. It can be getting saved, and for some, petty things that never get forgiven. A really good saying came from a brother of a brother and it is something like this: "Let God keep record of others' wrongs; not ours". We truly must let Him fight our battles and stand on the promises He gives us without wavering. Love is greater than sin ~ always!! I love you so much also, brother no body.

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      Robert E Smith 

      10 years ago from Rochester, New York

      I think that most Christians that aren't buried in some hole someplace has been hated for Christ's sake at one time or another. You know that my family (except my sister Belinda) has avoided and hated me because I got saved. I lost friends. Or some I thought were friends. But God restores brothers and sisters and friends because He cares we went through that for Him. Thank you for being there.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Kebennett1, praise the Lord! Thank you for becoming a fan and I pray you are uplifted and equipped, have the confirmation of your faith to stand in this evil day! God bless you!!

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      10 years ago from San Bernardino County, California

      Awesome site Judah's Daughter! I love all of the scriptural references and definitions. You did a great job! Keep writing!

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      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      I tried to check out that site, but I have to register in order to view it. I think "Redgirl" speaks volumes, don't you? I hope you found some reassurance and comfort in this hub. I've walked in your shoes and still do, as I continue to expose cults on my other site...there's a new one I've just posted...ready, set....go!

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      10 years ago

      I love you too and believe so too, that God sent me to these certain PTC sites to expose them. God bless!

    • Judah's Daughter profile imageAUTHOR

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      All I can say is when Satan is hateful, it's the ugliest form of hate there is. There is no worse. I am so sorry you even had to suffer such things. But, I hope someone saw your post and someone got rescued from the scam. The Devil is a liar and a thief, a deceiver!! I praise God you saw what was going on early on and had the boldness of the Lord to confront them with the truth. You will be hated when you shine light on the evil deeds of Satan. Be blessed, sister. The Holy Spirit is our Comforter and no one else can comfort you like He can!! Love you!

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      10 years ago

      Today, I was hated without a cause. By a member of a PTC site that is a scam and does not pay out any longer. Only gives excuses. I went to the forum and I spoke against this site. Against the unrighteousness of this place and a member tore at me. My very core seeing I was a child of God. They told me I was too negative to be of the faith, ( For you see, I was onto the deception of that site.) I wonder if they secretly were a friend to the owner of that site to say such evil against me. I told them that if they were against me, they were against Christ. They emailed me back and told me I did not serve the same Christ they did. That I was of hatred. Can you believe it! I have never before been persecuted like this, and it hurts. I was banned from the forum for telling the truth.But I know I am not alone. The Spirit had me open up my Bible to Romans 7:15-23, to confirm my salvation in Him. That I am His. He then had me read Roams 8:12-17 to let me know that because I am heir to Him, I also will suffer with Him but be glorified together with Him. 18-21 told me that the suffering I go through right now is not to be compared to the glory that will be revealed. Still, that awful woman made me feel like dirt. Like dung. She attacked me for just being honest about that site. The site is valuebux and it is a scam. To view what was all said about me, go to valuebux forum and type up AAyael to find what all I said about the site and all she said,redgirl, about me.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      internpete, Yes ~ whenever I struggle with things and need to know what the Bible says in order to handle it, I am always relieved to see the truth, understand it, and am comforted that "great is our reward"! Thank you for your words of kindness and God bless us all as we continue to walk steadfastly in the faith.

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      Peter V 

      10 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Well said, I love how you use so much scripture! Very nice hub!

      We are in the world but not of it, and those in the world will hate us.


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