Gems From Pastor Jim as of 4/10/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 19:22Loyalty makes a person attractive. And it is better to be poor than dishonest.

Loyalty is that character trait that causes us to stay true to another regardless of the circumstances. It flows from a sense of trust and familiarity. You discover that another is dependable and will not seek to harm you in any way, therefore you embrace and stick by him.

Loyalty is an essential part of any lasting relationship. Marriages will not last without it. Friendships come and go depending on how loyal people are to each other. When trust is broken, it is very hard to reclaim. No one wants to be around people they cannot trust. Loyalty flows from the heart. The closer one lives to Christ, the more dependable he is.

It is a thing of beauty to observe true loyalty, whether it’s on the human or spiritual plane. It’s the glue that holds together any lasting friendship. God reveals himself as one who is loyal to us. He never leaves us alone and will never go away. He seeks always our good and will always be our strongest supporter. The Lord will never let us down, drag us down, or hold us down. He always wants to help us reach our potential in Him. Our Lord’s loyalty is one of those qualities that make Him so attractive to us. He is the only one whom we can absolutely depend on in life to be on our side because there is no sin in Him. He cannot fail to be our loyal friend.

There is probably no greater disappointment than to have someone whom you thought you knew well enough to count them as a loyal friend betray your trust. There are those who will pretend to be your friend but when the chips are down, they go away. It is far better to be poor and have no friends than to have friends like that. Be discerning in whom you place your trust. And, seek always to be one whom others can trust. Examine your heart. Do you have what it takes to be a true-blue friend? Do you possess enough God-like character to not betray another’s trust? The closer you live to the Lord, the better friend you will be.

Someone you know needs you to be a loyal friend.

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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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