Daily Devotional for 20 May 2020 – 1 John 5:18

When I started sending scripture in March, it was just an encouraging verse or psalm for people to read. Then, I started sending to more people and it became a daily devotional as I wrote a little bit about the scripture.

I choose the scripture each day as the Lord lays on my heart or a scripture that has spoken to me that day. So far, I’ve mainly sent encouragements and promises. But scripture also challenges us to live our lives for the glory of God. So sometimes these daily devotionals will remind us of what the Lord commands us, as well as what He promises.

Today’s scripture is both a challenge and a comfort.

1 John 5:18

“We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning.”

Wow. I find that scripture humbling because I still sin. “Keep on sinning” doesn’t mean “never ever sins”, but it does mean that the true believer begins to live with a new desire to sin less, because they have been “born of God” – they have new life.

“…but He who was born of God protects him…”

We also have Jesus with us and He protects us. Jesus, the eternal Son, humbled Himself and was born and lived a human life with suffering and temptation and He overcame. And now He protects you. He helps you with temptation, because He was tempted in every way just as we are yet without sin (Hebrews 4:15).

Look back and see how he has helped you. Some of you have had Covid-19 really badly, some of you are still sick. You have been tempted to give up and to question God and His love. But you are still trusting Him. Why? Because Jesus has protected you and helped you in the temptation.

“…and the evil one doesn’t touch him.”

Jesus protects us in temptation because He protects us from the evil one, the devil.

We’ll come back to this tomorrow, but be challenged and encouraged today – Jesus helps us in temptation, so we can begin to sin less, and He protects us from the evil one. Praise His name.

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