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What would you do? A reminder of Jesus role in your life

Don't forget Jesus is always with you
Don't forget Jesus is always with

The anthem at first service at Shiloh United Methodist Church in Delhi hit me like a boulder. You see, lately, Satan has really been on the attack in my life from so many different fronts. All those ways "Christians" are supposed to behave, and all those things "Christians" are supposed to say, have been contrary to what I know Scripture calls us to be.

Even in hard times, even through tough relationships, modeling Christ is still supposed to be our aim. And yet, I still feel each day brought a new rock flung in my direction. So when I read these words, by songwriter Stan Pethel, I was struck once again at how Jesus sees us, sees me, and caused me to want to strive even more to be like the Savior who gave all for me.

"What would you do if Jesus walked beside you every day,
Would you be glad to have Him there or would you find Him out of place?
Would you change the words you speak if you knew that He could hear,
Is your speech always filled with truth?
Is it pure, is it sweet and clear?

Jesus walks beside us;
He sees all we say and do.
He knows when we show love to others;
He knows when we're untrue,
Jesus walks beside us,
He's our Lord and Savior too.
by the way that you are living now can Christ be seen in you?

Jesus will walk beside you when you're burdened with despair
He is there to help you if you turn to Him in prayer.
He will never leave us, all His promises are true
He is calling us today, can't you hear Him calling you?

Jesus walks beside us;
He sees all we say and do.
He knows when we show love to others;
He knows when we're untrue,
Jesus walks beside us,
He's our Lord and Savior too.
by the way that you are living now can Christ be seen in you?"

~Stan Pethel

Jesus gave us plenty of examples of how we should live.
He reminded us in his inaugural address in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew to love your enemies, that we are even blessed when people persecute, or denigrate, or despise us and to rejoice when this happens (Matt. 5:11).

He goes so far in verse 22 that even the harder truth is that anyone who is angry with his brother (or sister) will be judged for his anger. Anyone who taunts his friend, speaks contemptuously toward him or calls him "Loser" or "Fool", or "Scum" will have to answer for it.

He continues in verse 29 reminding us that lust is as sinful as adultery, and it's better to lose a limb than to continue sinning.

He reminded us in verse 38 that an eye for an eye was out and forgiving was in.

Verse 39 tells us to turn the other cheek to be hit as well.

In verse 43 he again reminds us to love our enemies, and go beyond that to pray for them.

And most of all in verse 48 He reminds us that we are called to something higher: "Be perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect."

I may not reach perfection today, but in every encounter, I can think before I respond.
I can remember that Christ is right beside me, and is watching for my response.
I don't want to disappoint Him.

Let's live up to the high calling we have in Christ Jesus today.

What about you? How do you react when you're treated poorly? Do you strike back first and think later? Do you count to ten, pray? Please add your comments below.

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All scripture is taken from The Voice: New Testament by Thomas Nelson Publishing


  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Great article Lynnette! Often in our daily lives it's difficult to be Christ-like, but that is exactly what God calls us to do. Thanks for the reminder!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    What insight!! You are spot on with that one!! What would you advise when things are going down the tubes and our "Christian Brothers" are even threatening us with all manner of silly legal actions? Didn't Jesus give us a plan of action when we are persecuted to turn the other cheek? I can't remember chapter and verse but would like your views please.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    You are Pathetic!!!!!!!! You have NO IDEA what Christlike means. You are one of the most egocentric people I've ever met. You should sing the worship chorus, and I quote "It's all about me, for my glory and my fame..." You were put out of your previous church because of horrible behavior. Now you write articles about being Christlike? You are an Anti-Christ. You suffer chronic halitosis and wouldn't know Jesus if He were to show up in your small group at Shiloh. And oh yea, it's small Baby. Because no one in their right mind likes your disgusting little self. I could puke!!!

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    WOW!! I mean come on Anonymous! That was extremely caustic. Lynette deserves an apology.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Lynnette is not an anti Christ, and I have never known her to suffer from bad breath. She is ,unfortunately, behaving and living in a way that is in opposition to what she proclaims in her articles and other areas of her life. It breaks my heart! But is is the truth. Pray for her. That she will find her way home to Christ's redemption. If she was where she proclaimed to be, she would not be doing the things she is doing-Period.

  • Lynnette 3 years ago

    Private issues between two people should remain private. is not the place to air dirty laundry or lash out. There IS a Christ like way to handle disagreements and legal proceedings, both which do not include the internet, particularly this column. If you have something you'd like to say, start your own blog, but this Examiner will continue to walk in the light as HE is in the light and try in my humanness to help others get back up when they fall down.
    Lynnette Stevens