Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
"Resist him, standing firm in the faith...". This is the part of the verses that jumped out at me today. Our best defense against the forces of evil is our faith. We are not instructed to take up arms or to literally fight back. When we engage in an unholy conflict, we have already lost. It can be difficult to remember Jesus when I am angry or engaged in some kind of conflict. But this is my best weapon, my best shield.
Holy Lord, help me to be always aware of your presence in my heart, so I can turn away from conflict and temptation and turn back to you. Amen