Read: 1 John 5:1-5
This is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. (v. 4)
Verses 4 and 5 of our Bible reading today may have been the inspiration for a wonderful old gospel hymn titled “Faith is the Victory.” It’s a very rousing song with strong military imagery that many today would find odd. Yet, its message is correct—faith in Christ is the key to victory over the many negative forces around us. Unfortunately, for many it is the other way around. It is the world that has overcome them.
In the novel Les Misérables, Jean Valjean was just such a person. Arrested and sentenced to hard labor for 20 years, when he was finally released, he seemed destined to continue his life of crime. Not until he experienced the incarnate love of Christ through the forgiveness of a kind priest was he able to turn his life around. He remade himself into a successful business man, created a new identity for himself, and became the mayor of a small town. It was a good first step—certainly better than his life had been. But the ultimate change came when he owned up to the true identity of who he was—Jean Valjean. Only then was he able to overcome a world of troubles and sin of the past that had continued to plague him.
Never forget that your true identity is in Christ, and faith in him is “the victory that has overcome the world.” —John Koedyker
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for giving us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! (1 Cor. 15:57).