Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:9-10 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.

These verses should cause us to swell up in praise today. The Good News is that God does not constantly accuse the redeemed of sin. He withholds His wrath from those whose sins have been forgiven. He does not deal with us as we deserve to be dealt with.

If you are constantly being harassed about sins that you have done and know that you have sought and accepted Christ’s forgiveness, guess what—Satan is your accuser, not God. God does not constantly accuse us. He will confront us with legitimate sin in our lives, but he will not rehash forgiven sin; they are gone forever from before Him.

God’s anger against those who live in sin is legit. We all deserve to be punished for our sins. Sin is hated by God. It is the exact opposite of His holiness. He will never tolerate sin in His presence. At Calvary, Jesus defused God’s anger against those who accept Him as their Savior. Jesus makes holy the unholy. He purifies the soul so that God’s love can enter in instead of His wrath.

We don’t deserve to be treated so kindly by the Lord, but we are. He loves us and will never fail to treat us with anything less than love. For all who know Christ as Savior there is no condemnation for forgiven sin. When we sin the Holy Spirit convicts us so that we will confess our sin and seek Christ’s forgiveness. The wrath of God cannot reach those whom Christ has forgiven.

To be on the receiving end of God’s wrath should cause every soul to tremble. We must not ever take sin lightly. Eternity is at stake. We don’t have to get what we deserve from God. Are your sins forgiven?
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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