“He was a great guy,” one woman commented after a certain acquaintance passed away, but quickly added, “But of course, I don’t know what he was like at home.”

Isn’t that the way it is? Often people show one side of themselves when in public but at home are totally different. People in Wellington, Wichita, and other parts of Kansas are no different.

Considering how many instances the media has presented in one form or another, we can see this frequently: Child abuse, murder, domestic violence…

“But he seemed so nice,” someone might say. “Who would have thought he was home raping that two-year-old….Or beating his wife….Or putting together a meth lab in his basement…Or burglarizing his neighbor’s home…” The list of evil behaviors is endless.

Many know they are different when at home and will cover their backs by lying about an incident or another person, taking all focus off of themselves. Their lies will instead bring false reports against another, damaging that person’s reputation when, in fact, the person slandering the other is the one guilty of wrongdoing.

Biblically, this is not the way believers should behave, much less the unbelievers. The trouble is, we are all sinners. (Romans 3:23)

The Apostle Paul struggled with sin. He knew that sin holds dominion over us and that believers have two natures. One is a fleshly, sinful nature; the other is one born of God that doesn’t sin.

Once born again, however, even though we know to do good, it is almost impossible to live a sinless life. Only Jesus Christ did that.

Hebrews 13:8 says “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” So one can only believe He was the same at home as well as in public.

We should pray that we are molded into that image. As believers run the race set before them, they should strive to be like Christ, in all ways. It is only through His Spirit that dwells in the heart of all believers that this is even possible.

So if you are struggling with whatever sin besets you, know that all believers go through this. Know also that it is possible for those for whom there is no condemnation to live a life that is not inundated with sin, a life that will not end in death.

“For I am the Lord, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6 KJV)

“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1 KJV)

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