1 John 5:1-5
1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. 4 For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. 5 And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
For a small section of scripture, this passage packs a punch of encouragement. In particular, I find myself looking at verse 4-5, where it says we can have victory over the evil of this world by having faith.
Sometimes I feel more discouraged by the world than I feel like I have victory over it. There are the big picture things that I find insurmountable – the state of our world, the brokenness, the issues that seem never ending. And then there are the more personal things that we are each affected by, that we deal with every day.
I find it very easy to look at all the things that need my attention, that cause me concern, or even that break my heart, and feel like I want to run rather than overcome.
Yet this passage tells a different story – if any of us believe that Jesus is the Son of God, we have overcome this world. It is this faith that enables and empowers us to do all that He calls us to. I’m grateful that God allows us to be a part of the solution. He helps us to love others, to obey His commands. How much better our world would be if we took Him up on that each day!
Help us Lord to follow you! Help us to walk in your victory through faith. Increase our capacity to love others, to listen & follow through with all that you ask of us. Thank you that your instructions for us are not designed to weigh us down, but to bring peace and goodness to this world you have given us. Help us to lead more loving, victorious lives. Amen.
Written by Madelaine Tarasenko