Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison,
—1 Peter 3:13-19
by: Benny Uhlich.
In a perfect world, nobody would hate those that do good. But because our world is not perfect, there are those that will hate us despite the goodness of our deeds. But also, there will be times that we will be hated because of our deeds as well. When that happens, we should feel blessed because we are following God, the most perfect and holy being in existence. So, when we are persecuted for our belief and respond with love and kindness, we look good while those doing the persecuting look foolish. Because Christ suffered for our sins, we know our suffering on Earth is only temporary.