1 John 5:1-5 (NLT)
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.
The apostle John describes the life of a person who believes in Christ. Their battle is already won for Christ has defeated sin and brings hope to those who believe in Him. The believer shows love for God by wanting to fulfill his commandments. These commandments are not burdensome as those imposed by the Pharisees and Scribes; for Jesus said they burdened the people with laws they themselves could not keep. As believers we are God’s children and we are to love all those who are a part of the family of God.
When times are difficult, who, what or where does your instinct tell you to turn to? There is a constant battle going on in this world. There is a struggle against what is right and what is wrong. In those difficult times some choose to turn to the world for answers. They reach out to those who might seem to have the answers they are looking for, but in actuality those people are only looking out for themselves. Others may turn to things such as drugs or alcohol to help them cope with the problem. But instead of coping they introduce a whole new set of problems. John tells us it is belief in Jesus that can help us overcome our battles. King David said we should give our burdens to the Lord and He will take care of you. Jesus said he was willing to share our burdens. Likewise God asks of us to share the burdens of others of believe in Christ out of our love for God. The apostle Paul warned Timothy in his letters, “You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. Stay away from people like that!” So remember to turn to God and Christ when times are difficult. Don’t lose your love for God or for those who believe as you do.