Marvel Not At The World’s Hatred
Marvel not at the world’s hatred. God’s choice of us is the bone which they cannot endure:
“If ye were of the world the world would love his own but because ye are not of the world but I have chosen you out of the world therefore the world hateth you.”
Especially those professors who make an outward show but are ignorant of the celestial adorning of the soul.
Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
A demure countenance, feigned speech, decent behaviour, voluntary humility, reproving others, straining at gnats, sighing under the Word, turning up the eyes, learning to prate, pass current enough with many.
But a deep sight and sense of sin, a wounded spirit, a thirst for the living God, self-loathing, humility arising from a sense of undeserved mercy, meekness, submission under the rod, compunction of soul, a sorrowing after God, being stung with grief for past sins, repentance drawn forth by a believing discovery of the dying love of Christ, to rejoice with trembling, humbling confidence, filial fear, cordial affections for the Son of God, and sympathetic fellowship with Him in His sufferings, which make the King’s daughter all glorious within these are the spangling jewels which adorn the renewed soul, and which outside adorners know nothing of, nor care for; and it is these that are in the sight of God of great price.
By William Huntington