Gems from Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 13:10 Pride leads to arguments; those who take advice are wise.

Pride is one of the biggest battles we all fight. It is so hard to get rid of and no one can do it perfectly. We have a need to be appreciated by others and it makes us feel good about ourselves when we are. But, when we begin to dwell on the words and deeds others shower on us, we tend to let it puff us up. We begin to see ourselves in a better light than we really are in. We begin to believe the lie that we are of greater value to others than we are. We begin to think of how good we are. We begin to look down on others because we have such high opinions of ourselves.

Pride tends to cause us to be defensive. We sense the need to stand up against anyone who thinks differently than we do. We take a stand against anyone who would dare question us or our self-perceived worth. Pride causes us to not have much tolerance with those who would oppose us.

Pride is not bad for us if it is well-balanced and causes us to feel well of ourselves within the context of God’s family. We need to have a positive self-image as children of God. When we understand that our worth comes from God, it becomes easier to handle pride.

Pride should never keep us from being able to take advice from others. Those who are wise understand that they do not have all the answers or always get things right. The wise know that they need help in order to live life right before God. The wise do not let pride keep them from growing and becoming better citizens of heaven through the guidance and advice of others. They are grounded in the Word and are willing to let the Word move them to change whenever it is needed. The wise do not let pride get out of hand. They live submissively before God and let Him be Lord of life.

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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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