Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 10:17 People who accept correction are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore it will lead others astray.

Let’s face it; all of us need correction. No one is beyond the need to be disciplined and straightened out in our thinking. No one ever lives a faultless godly life and no one understands all things clearly. If you do not see yourself in need of correction, you have a pride issue and it is sin.

Correction that is Biblically based and done in love accomplishes much good. It helps us to stay on the pathway of eternal life and to grow. It should be the goal of every believer to live a godly life, to live by the Word of God. It should be natural for us to seek counsel when we are in doubt or are struggling to understand and live out the Word properly.

When we refuse to be corrected, we not only hurt ourselves, we hurt others as well. A person who cannot be corrected is stuck. There is no growth. There is a demeanor that is influenced by his sinful nature. His counsel is flawed due to a lack of wisdom from the Spirit of Christ. There is a lack of the fruit of the Spirit in his life. There often develops a warped understanding of God and the life of holiness. Often such a person is argumentative and refuse to be corrected. He becomes self-righteous thinking he has no sin and cannot sin. The chances are good that he will lead others away from the Lord as he wallows in his stubbornness.

Only those who are open to new understanding will grow in Christ. Only those who are humble enough to accept they don’t know it all or have it all together will be useful to God. Don’t be led astray. Don’t be so set in your ways that you can’t be corrected. Listen to the wise counsel of others. Let the Spirit of God guide you and teach you the ways of the Lord.

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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 chapter 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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