Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

Ps. 119:165 Those who love your law have great peace and do not stumble.

Two wonderful things God’s law does for those who love it: it gives them great peace and keeps them from stumbling. The first thing we notice is that we must love the law of God. Can you honestly say you love it? You spend time with what and whom you love. You want to spend time with them. You want to learn from them. You want to absorb all that you can from their presence. You want to enjoy and savor what they bring into your life.

In order to have a healthy relationship with God, you must have a passion for His Word. It must captivate your soul. It must permeate your thinking. It must govern your living. If you love the Lord, you will love His Word and you will know the peace of God.

The peace of God is different than any kind of peace found on earth. His peace is a great peace. What makes it great is the knowledge that all is well with one’s soul. When we are listening to what God is saying, we are hearing from the absolute authority over all things. We are listening to the One who knows. Hearing from God and doing what He says assures us of our right standing before Him. Nothing can compare to the peace that comes from knowing we are living a life that pleases God, before whom we shall all give an account someday.

The more we let the Word govern our lives, the less likely we are to stumble along the way. We stumble and fall when we don’t listen to God. His law is perfect and if we obey it, we will not stumble. God’s Word is His perfect standard for living. Obeying it is our only surefire way to not stumble. The Word never fails us; we fail the Word.

Living out the Word keeps us steady in our walk with the Lord. It is why it is so important for us to stay connected daily with God through His Word. We tend to easily forget what we know to be true and need daily reminders of it. We tend to be weak in spirit and need the strength God’s Word provides for us. We tend to let our own ideas influence our steps and we need the Word to keep us in line with God’s ways. Take God’s Word lightly or neglect it and you will stumble and fall.

C Through Marriage

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending 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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