Protection (Deliver us from evil)
Read: 1 John 2:1-17
“You’re not sorry – you’re just sorry you got caught!” These words have echoed from parent to child for generations; at least, I remember hearing them a lot! I’m sure we all got into our share of trouble growing up, and our parents were right. Nine times out of ten, we probably weren’t TRULY sorry for what we had done, but only sorry for what came next: the punishment. What if we were truly remorseful? What if we were sorry because we were disgusted at our own disobedience, or we realized that stunt we pulled was truly hurtful to someone?
One of the most powerful things Pastor Jeff said on Sunday was that we should “hate not only the CONSEQUENCE of sin – but hate the SIN.” When we sin against others, of course what we dread the most is their reaction – their pain, sorrow, anger or loss in response to what we’ve done. And we feel regret. But where I want to be is feeling remorse not only because I hurt this person, but because the way I behaved wasn’t pleasing to Christ.
In a world full of sin, where temptation and pitfalls lie around every corner, there is only one True North: Jesus Christ. He taught us how to pray, and He taught us how to live. Our every breath should be for His glory, and spotting sin is easier when set beside the spotless Lamb. When we pray, “lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one,” we’re asking God to tune our hearts to His - to love what He loves and hate what He hates. We can’t be perfect, as Christ is, but when we stumble, there is grace; our sins are forgiven. Christ has overcome the evil one, and because Christ lives in us, WE, too, can overcome the evil one...when we calibrate our hearts with His.
Pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. In Jesus’ name, amen.