Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 21:21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor.

To pursue is to make a commitment to it. We must commit ourselves to obtaining godliness and unfailing love if we want to find life. Life spoken of here is eternal life; it is life with God. Neither godliness or unfailing love are easy to obtain. We must constantly be striving to obtain them.

Godliness is living life consistent with God’s life. It is being holy in deed and conversation. It is having pure motives in what we do. It is not compromising the integrity of our heart for the sake of convenience, popularity, or acceptance by man.

Unfailing love is not possible unless we are firmly connected to God who is love. It is a heart full of kindness, gentleness and compassion. It is unconditional acceptance of others regardless of where they may be in their lives with the desire to help them become the child of God they need to be. Unfailing love does not fluctuate with circumstances. It is something we must intentionally strive to live every day.

The promise of God is that whoever strives to live a godly life full of unfailing love will find life. There is no greater life than one lived connected to God. There is no lasting peace or joy in any other way to live. A life lived connected to God is pleasing to Him and honored by Him. God will never abandon those who are His. He will never listen to Satan’s accusations about them. He will always defend them and pour out His blessings upon their souls.

If you are pursuing any other thing in life, you need to wake up your soul while you can. There is nothing in life worth pursuing other than a heart right with God. Chasing after anything else will pull you away from God. If you persist in pursuing other things rather than God you may get far enough away from Him that you can’t find your way to Him. Pursue godliness and unfailing love and you will find what you are looking for to satisfy your soul.

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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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