Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 133:1 How wonderful it is, how pleasant, when brothers live together in harmony.

It is wonderful when we can get along. The problem is, it doesn’t happen as often or as well as it should. It seems like that there is always something that divides us. The reason why there are so many churches today is that people just did not get along as well as they could and should have. We know that no two people think exactly the same on everything, and that is the way it should be But, when we let our differences divide us instead of finding a way to live together in harmony, fellowship is broken.

Sometimes broken fellowship gets ugly. Sometimes the breach is so bad that there is no repairing it, even though we both claim to love and worship the same God. We miss out on so much that we can bring into each other’s life when we let our differences interfere with relationships we could have.

It is a wonderful thing when we learn to live together in harmony. If you are struggling to get along with someone, why not ask the Lord to help you find a way to set aside your differences? It is God’s desire that we strive to live peaceably with each other as much as we can.

I suspect that we could find a way to do it if we would only be willing to try. The Lord never tells us to do what can’t be done. If we do our part and try, much of what alienates us from each other will go away. Instead of wallowing around in justifying our severed relationships, we need to seek reconciliation as much as possible. We may not be able to mend the broken down fences, but at least we tried to live obediently and live peaceably with all men. Many broken relationships are never restored simply because no one would make the first move and reach out to the other.

It is God’s design and delight when we are able to live in harmony with each other. Much more can be done for Christ’s sake when we are pulling together instead of pulling each other apart.

Do you have any broken relationship that needs mending? Why not take the first step and reach out to those you are having trouble with? It is wonderful when God’s children get along with each other. It makes living so much more pleasant and easier. With Christ’s help, you can do.

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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