by Jim Hughes
Can you make that declaration today? Can you emphatically say and mean it that the Lord is yours today? Do you really know it to be true? Upon what basis do you make your claim? Do you know your sins are forgiven and are no more? Can you honestly say that the Lord has changed you from the inside out and you are forever a different person than you were before you gave your heart to Him?
If so, stop right now and thank Him. Thank Him for His loving you so much that He was willing to die on the cross for your sins. Thank Him for all that He went through to make you His own—the enormous physical, mental, emotional, and most of all, spiritual suffering that He endured for you. Thank Him for His eternal love—a love that is unconditional, unchanging, and never dies. Thank Him for His constant work within you—chiseling away at your old self to make you into a holy person, a person after God’s own heart.
You know Him and His love for you. Do you love Him? How does He know that you love Him? Do you tell Him that you love Him? How often do you say it? You can’t say it enough. He longs to hear you say it. How do you show Him your love? It’s one thing to say it and it’s another thing to show it. If you really love Him, you will show it. You will strive to obey His words to the very best of your ability and you will strive to always live a consistent, godly life. Actions speak louder than words.
If you truly love the Lord, you will honor Him and respect Him. You will not take advantage of His grace. You will allow Him to use you as a love channel to others, a vessel of grace. You will guard carefully your soul so that you don’t shame Him. You will strive to always keep sin out so that He will be comfortable in your presence. If you love Him, you will take your faith in Him seriously and strive to always work out your salvation in a way that pleases Him.
About the Author:
Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.
C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.
I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.
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