Grace to you!
We all want victory. Don’t we. We want to be overcomers. Overcomers over sin, evil, our weaknesses… We desire victory over our adversaries too. We simply want to win. Winning feels good. Doesn’t it?
I want you to be assured of this: It is the Lord’s desire for you to be victorious. It is the Lord’s desire for you to conquer the world and live fully as the redeemed.
There is a secret to victory over the world. 1 John 4:29-5:4 tells us what it is: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that overcomes the world, our faith.”
The world spoken of here is not mere physical things we see, feel, touch, perceive or hear in our temporal existence. It’s the world that is opposed to righteousness. It’s the world of temptations and sinful lures that take away the joy of the Lord from our hearts. It’s the world of injustice, hate, corruption and lawlessness. It’s the world of evil. It is the world that deprives us of our blessings.
The Lord assures you of victory over those things that take the joy away from you or deprive you of your blessings. It’s the Lord’s desire that you too become an overcomer.
“The Victory that overcomes the world,” Scripture says, is “our faith.” It’s the faith rooted in Christ who is our victory. Christ who conquered sin and death grants anyone who believes in him, the grace of participation in his divine life so they too would be overcomers.
Remember what the Lord told his disciples, a word addressed to you and to me too: “I have said this to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (Jn 16:33).
The Lord assures us he has overcome the world. He did so in order that we, believers in him, those born again through baptism, may be overcomers too.
I John 5:5 would ask this as a question to you and me: “Who is it that overcomes the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.”
You now have it. Faith in the Christ is your victory over sin and death. It is your victory over the worldly. It is your victory over despair in dealing with the spiritual life. Faith is an incredible and lasting inspiration and joy and peace to live a fulfilled life, life worth living.
What kind of faith one may ask? Is it simply mouth confession or a mere mental knowledge without your heart and entire personality following through with its demands?
To be an overcomer entails more than this. The faith that makes us overcomers is the faith described by Saint Paul as faith working through charity (Gal 5:6). That is, believing in Christ as the Savior who has overcome the world for us and behaving in line with that faith through the grace of Christ in whom we have been born again, begotten through baptism. Thus, we are God’s special ones.
I hope you believe this.
I pray you live the life of overcomers. Amen
God love you. God bless you.
[Thursday After Epiphany: 1 Jn 4: 29-5:4; Lk 4:14-22]
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.