1 John 3:12-15
12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.
Some strong words here from John. As well as Cain and Abel we see this clearly in Jesus’ life as well – although most respond positively to his words and actions, love changes and challenges social standings and structure, and unsettles the status quo, meaning some are threatened and angered by it or are jealous of others’ attention.
Father, may we not be put off by the fear of others’ responses, but strive to love in all circumstances.