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Loving The Son

1 John 5:16-20 (NIV)

If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

 

The book of 1 John starts with the Apostle John talking about remaining in Jesus and not sinning.  He writes about how, if we remain in Christ, we will not live a life of sin.  He writes at the end of his letter about these same things.  These bookends are so very important.  This idea of abiding or remaining in Jesus is vital to being a follower of Christ.

If you want to live a life with less sin, you need to love Jesus more.  If you want to live a life that is not characterized by sin, you need to remain closer to Jesus.  John says that the whole world is under the control of the evil one, but we who follow Christ are the children of God (1 John 5:20).  We are not under the control of the devil.  The devil never made you do it.  The evil one has no claim on you because you belong to Christ.  You are God’s child.  You are not under the control of sin or the devil.  God’s Spirit lives in you.  God’s Son has saved you.  God has made you His child and you belong to His family.  You are a child of the King!  Live like it!

Remain in Christ and resist the devil.  Temptation still comes calling to us.  We battle and struggle against sin.  We wrestle with wholehearted devoted to Jesus.  Everything within us (our sinful nature) wants to please the self.  Our Father desires fellowship and communication with us.  We need to love Jesus with all that we are so that we may remain in Him and resist the world.

PRAYER: Father, I ask today that You would keep me from temptation and protect me from the evil one.  Help me to love Jesus with all of my heart, soul, mind and strength.  In His name, amen.

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