Graceful Perseverance: Living with Jesus

Welcome to this week’s blog. This week I am touching on the reality of our Godly or not so Godly behaviors in private and in public places. How do we behave in front of others? Are we the same person in private? The bigger question for all of us is: If Jesus were living with us, would we behave any differently? I challenge all of us to become more aware of who we “pretend” to be in public, as opposed to who we are behind closed doors.

What amazes me, is that most non-believers and even Christians cannot comprehend that regardless of our behaviors in public or private, Jesus sees us in every situation. He knows our thoughts and our hearts better than we do. He is always with us, watching over us, and by our side regardless of what we think or believe. The validity of our behavior as Christians, and as witnesses, must be apparent even when no one is around.

If Jesus were in your home and sitting next to you while you were watching TV, would you still be watching the same television shows or would you turn the channel to something cleaner and less evil or provocative because Jesus is there?

If Jesus were a guest at your dinner table, would you behave the same way? Or would you be more diligent in prayer and more loving towards others at the table?

If Jesus could hear you and your spouse having a conversation, would that conversation be without vulgar language or disrespect?

Regardless of how you answered each of these questions pertaining to your private life, Jesus is with you always. He sees all the good things we do, and he sees our sinful nature as well. We cannot escape or pretend to be something we’re not in the eyes of God. We can’t manipulate, or be insincere in front of Jesus, because he is the Master of the Universe, the maker of everything. He is everywhere all the time. He sees us pretending to be the devoted Christians on Sunday morning in church. And He sees us leaving church with slander and vulgar language falling from our lips. He sees us with mocking and gossiping behavior, condemning and laughing behind others’ backs.

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye…” – Matthew 7:1-20.

We cannot be living with God on Sundays, but not Monday through Friday. He sees us pretending to be better than anyone else because we call ourselves Christians. By definition, the word Christian is more than a description of someone’s beliefs and behavior, it’s a combination of our words and actions being equally devoted to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. He sees all of it.

Examples of Christian behavior are woven throughout scripture. It is these examples that we are to live by. Jesus himself spoke in great length and in great detail of how we are to behave toward each other, towards friends and even enemies and persecutors.

Therefore, be imitators of God, as beloved children. – Ephesians 5:1.

Scripture tells us how Jesus lived his life here on earth, with accentuated love and compassion for all, including Christians, non-believers, the sinners, the evil doers, the corrupted, the lost, the forgotten, the homeless and those who were weak in their faith. Jesus lived out his life in a way that consummates the ideal example of what our behavior should look like.

To do good works means all the time. Not some of the time or only when we feel like it, but all the time, which means in both private and in public settings. It would be hypocritical of us to behave in a Jesus, Christ-like manner in public, and then in the privacy of our homes with our family and friends, behave the opposite of what is “holy and pleasing to God.” I know I am always challenging my behavior in both public and in private. Probably more so in private because that’s where many of us believe that no one will see us and if we fall short and break a commandment no one will know.

He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8.

It is in the privacy of our homes where we can say or do whatever is pleasing to the flesh and not have to abide by the Christian behavior God has called us to do. We think we won’t be held accountable for cruel and sinful behaviors because no one can see us. Contrary to this belief, God sees everything, everywhere, all the time. He sees our sinful nature. We don’t answer to each other, we answer to the Lord above anyone else. He knows when we are not loving our neighbor as we love ourselves even behind their backs. 

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.” – Matthew 27:37-40. 

Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us. True Christian behavior is surrendering our hearts and yielding our sinful bodies to Christ so that He might continue God’s work through us and in us. What does this mean? Love your enemies, love the ones who have wronged you in your life and be a witness, a beacon of light in a dark world.

Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli
Unstoppable Believer

About Debra Pauli

Debra’s life story is truly a testimony of an incredible amount of courage to survive one of the most catastrophic child abuse cases ever recorded in Missouri history. With absolutely amazing strength to overcome a childhood foundation built on daily terror, torment and near-death experiences, Debra has conquered a very horrendous life, and today convinces everyone thru her blogs, books, passion and raw honesty that what they're desperately searching for already lies within. Over several years, Debra prevailed the path of self-destruction, self-doubt and complete life regression, and instead dedicated her mind, body and soul to a life of healing from the inside out, rather than the path of self-destruction. She shares her life lessons, and faith-based teachings to her followers in order to incorporate her years of successful strategies into their work life and personal life. As a woman who has proven time and time again her profound passion to conquer life, Debra's followers are changed forever when she reveals the true meaning in life, why it’s important to take risks when pursuing dreams, and how to focus on the gifts we’ve been given, rather than concentrating on our short comings. Her powerful faith-based blogs and books are engrained, everlasting and timeless for everyone, as her raw truth and humor teaches all of us to embrace every day with the right attitude – good things happen and bad things are only a test! As a successful author and blogger, Debra brings 30+ years of expertise to her readers and followers alike. Debra attended Rochester Community College and Winona State University in Rochester Minnesota, receiving a degree in Psychology and Sociology. For the past 31 years Debra has evolved into an executive, professional, entrepreneur who started her own book publishing company, written and self-published six books, with more on the way. Today Debra is a professional faith-based blogger with over 338,370 followers on social media. Today Debra resides in California with her husband. She is the mother of four sons, a grandmother of nine grand babies (6 girls/3 boys), and a mentor to thousands of followers who are drawn to her inner strength, perseverance, and passion for life through her books and blogging. Debra has been a professional faith-based blogger since 2010 with more than 338,370 followers of her blog café. You can also follow Debra on social networks such as Facebook, Cambridge Who’s Who, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Blog Cafe, as well as many other social networks. Debra Pauli is the author of six books - A Survivor's Closet 2003, . . . And then there was LIGHT 2004, Why we Cry for a Soul set Free 2005, Once Upon a Man (frog or prince) 2013, Saving Three Leaves on a Tree (me, myself and I) 2014 and Where is God (a testimony of conviction) 2015.
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