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Daily Reformation, John 15:19-21
From the Reformer
A certain honest and God-fearing man at Wittenberg, told me, that though he lived peaceably with every one, hurt no man, was ever quiet, yet many people were enemies unto him. I comforted him in this manner: Arm thyself with patience, and be not angry though they hate thee; what offence, I pray, do we give the devil? What ails him to be so great an enemy unto us? Only because he has not that which God has; I know no other cause of his vehement hatred towards us. If God give thee to eat, eat; if he cause thee to fast, be resigned thereto; gives he the honors? take them; hurt or shame? Endure it; casts he thee into prison? murmur not; will he make thee a king? Obey him; casts he thee down again? heed it not.
—Martin Luther, Table Talk
Pulling It Together
Day after day, he worked in his cubicle while the employee behind him ridiculed him for believing in God. He endured. It was about all he could do. When he tried to speak with her on the matter she became enraged and sometimes shouted, even there in the workplace. This poor soul was not railing at a concept. She hated something that was palpable to her—intensely and bitterly real. She hated God. By extension, she hated her co-worker who loved God. It was unreasonable but factual; it was a consequence of being a disciple of the One whom she did not know but hated. (John 15:25)
© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers