My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (ESV)
When I am in particular moods, there are just certain songs I want to hear. I have listened to them countless times, but I go back to them, knowing what they will say and wanting to hear them again. When I need to be reminded of the love and forgiveness of God, I go to the book of 1 John. In fact, I was out for a walk recently, and just the thought of this epistle brought a smile to my face.
I try not to sin. I really do. Yet the pressures of life in this world and my human weakness constantly conspire and the next you know, there I am in the soup again. This verse is a great reminder of two things. We should not sin, but if we do, we have a friend who will defend us.
My wife and I are on the same page when it comes to parenting and we back each other’s plays with the children. Sometimes, though, I am able to come to our son’s defense because I remember what it was like to be a boy. Jesus knows what it is like to be human. He was one and He can plead our case as no one else before our Father.
Jesus, You know how much I think I can do everything, but You also know what a joke that is. You know I am weak. Defend me, Lord, and lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil. Amen.
Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins