Overcoming the World

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:1–5
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Overcoming the World
In your Baptism, you were brought into God’s holy family by the working of the Holy Spirit. The children of God bear the family traits of their Brother, Jesus. He has faith, love, and victory over the world. The world tempts us to think of our Lord’s Commandments as a burden, too hard and too heavy for us to bear. The world seems too much for us to overcome. But the love of God is so powerful that it inspires and enables one to keep His Commandments. Yet only those who keep His Commandments by loving their brother truly walk in His love. In contrast to the demands of the old covenant, through the Gospel, believers cannot help but love one another; it is what children of God naturally do because our Lord Jesus has overcome the world for us. He has fulfilled all of God’s Commandments for us. He made Himself our human Brother, that through Him we might become the children of His Father and share in His great family of love.
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