This post is part of a series on self-care from the perspective of self-care in Christ. How do I care for the person who God says I am?
I am born of God and the evil one does not touch me.
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
1 John 5:18
I wish I could discontinue my own sinning. Completely. There are definitely certain sins that I have left behind, but I just keep sinning in other ways. I talked about a lot of those things in the latest episode of my podcast.
I don’t believe John is teaching that it is possible for us to be perfectly sinless, but that we can be made free of a sinful lifestyle when we are in Christ Jesus. I can be free of habits that are sinful. I can be a different person because of Jesus. I am a different person because of Jesus.
I also know that I can remain free of those habitual sins because I am protected. The Living Word says that the evil one cannot harm me and the Bible is full of true promises! God keeps all of His promises.
There was a time in my life when sin was unrecognizable to me. I was so caught up in so many sinful behaviors that I didn’t even realize just how sinful I was. I thought I was good because I wasn’t as bad as “those other people.” I thought that as long as I believed in God I was protected. But, I hadn’t chosen to be born of God yet. Some people may refer to this as being “born again” or “dying to self.” I just call it going from merely believer to dedicated follower. I didn’t want to just know of Him and ask Him to help me when I was in a bind. I wanted to truly seek His will in my life and continually choose to lay down my life for Him.
Do I still sin? Yes. Do I see my sin more clearly now? Also yes.
I don’t want to make it sound like I’m better than anyone here. I am not. I’m flawed. I still sin, it’s just a new set of sins that are just as sinful as those others. And every time I am set free of some of those sins I discover new ones.
John says that the One born of God keeps us safe. That’s Jesus, people! Jesus keeps us safe. He serves as the filter that God can look through to see us blameless before Him. Jesus has done the time for each one of our sins – the ones we are no longer committing, the ones we are currently struggling with, and the ones we haven’t even thought of yet. He protects us from it all! He keeps us safe. Amen.
Then there’s that last mention of the evil one. I hate that he keeps trying. But I love that I am kept safe from him. He cannot harm me. He can tempt me, but Jesus keeps me safe from being destroyed by him. The battle has been one. The price has been paid. He cannot harm me.
So, what does it look like to care for myself as one born of God? First, I have to remind myself daily Whose I am. Worry can easily creep in if I don’t keep it in check. As my husband says, “Don’t go borrowing trouble.” (Sometimes caring for myself means listening to my husband!) Second, I just have to rest in Him. I cannot strive for perfection because I am imperfect. I have to just trust that He is there and He’s got me covered. That rest isn’t usually a quick fix for me, but a process.
My prayer is for those who have not made that leap from believer to follower. It’s so easy to have a false sense of security when you aren’t aware of the impact of your sins. But if you aren’t in Christ you cannot be protected from destruction. And those who don’t even believe – my heart aches for you to know what I know. For you to feel the peace that can only be experienced in the safety of Jesus. If you are interested in talking to me about your own story – if you want to know how I made the changes I’ve made, please please please reach out to me and we will chat!