Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 11/29/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 12:35-37 “A good person produces good words from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil words from an evil heart. And I tell you this, that you must give an account on judgment day of every idle word you speak. The words you say now reflect your fate then; either you will be justified by them or you will be condemned.”

What we say matters to God. What we say is a reflection of what is in our hearts. A godly heart speaks good things and an evil heart speaks evil things. God hears what comes from our mouths. He holds us accountable for the things we say and on Judgment Day we will answer to Him for them. Does this truth bother you at all? It should cause all of us to stop and think about what we say, how we say things, and why we say them.

What we say is also a reflection of what is in our hearts. Notice what Jesus says about it. We speak what is in our hearts. If we use vulgar words it indicates that sin is in our hearts. If we are careless in how we use the Lord’s name, it indicates that we have a careless regard for Him. If we speak negatively about others it indicates that we are not driven by godly love. If we speak harshly it means that we are not seeking peace and the well-being of others.

We are not perfect, but certainly we can do a much better job of how we speak and act. We must strive to be godly for we will be judged by God for how we do it. We dare not think lightly about this. God demands that we live rightly before Him. We can do it if we let Jesus be our Lord and not just our Savior. Is Jesus your Lord?

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending 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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