Living a holy life is difficult, we can not believe the false story that it is easy, because, in many verses from the Bible, Jesus has warned us how difficult it would be for us as Christians to live in this world full of impiety. Jesus who spoke to us about this was not an inexperienced person, since He had to endure the yoke of this world, suffering even death and death on the cross, and being despised by humanity, but if something can serve us as light it is the knowledge that Christ has overcome the world.
The Bible says:
32 A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
At the moment when Christ was speaking these words to His disciples, the moment of His death was approaching and He was giving them these words to comfort their souls, so that they understand that although He left this world He was never going to abandon them, they already had free access to the Father and they should not fear any situation in life.
Let us focus our attention on this phrase: “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world”. The first thing is that Jesus has never promised us an easy life, He has never promised us an easy way, He has promised us a narrow way, a path full of afflictions and difficult moments, but He has also promised us that He would be with us every day of our lives.
Jesus more than anyone knows the pain that is going on in this world, the afflictions that we have to live as Christians, for denying ourselves to this world, since He suffered pain until death. However, Jesus is a clear example that we can overcome the world as He overcame it, a clear example that if He is with us we can also overcome the world.
Beloved brothers, Christ tells us in this world: “Trust, I have overcome the world”.
May the peace of God flood our hearts and help us stand firm and be able to overcome the world. God protect us!