Gems From Pastor Jim for 4/17/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 20:7 The godly walk with integrity; blessed are their children after them.

The godly walk with integrity. In the godly there is steadfast honesty. There is a commitment to truthfulness. A person with integrity seeks to always do what is right and good. He is transparent and will not compromise what he knows to be true. The godly wear proudly the badge of integrity.

Blessed are the children of those who live in integrity because they have an example worthy to follow. Children imitate their parents. They learn from their parents how to behave in life. What they see is deemed to be normal and acceptable behavior. When children have godly parents they are truly blessed. They learn how to live life on a godly plain. They are taught the pathway to God where true happiness and contentment is found They learn that life is more than the shallowness found in the world.

Walking with integrity is no guarantee that one’s children will walk in their footsteps. Everyone must choose for themselves whom they will serve. When parents walk with integrity they give their children the opportunity to make choices that will lead them into godliness. It makes a child’s choices so much more difficult if he doesn’t have a godly example to observe and follow. The greatest act of love that a parent can give to his child is to love the Lord with all of his heart, mind and soul. No one has to be held a prisoner to his upbringing. Jesus is always amongst men to show us that He is the way, truth and life. To God be the glory!

Praise the Lord for His amazing grace that draws people to Him in spite of the example set before them. Praise Him for those parents who set a godly example for their children to follow.

There is no greater gift that you can leave your children or grandchildren than the gift of a life lived with godly integrity. Their lives are truly blessed for they get to see firsthand faith that works. Are you walking with godly integrity before your children? Are your children blessed because of the life you live before them?

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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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