by Jim Hughes
The Lord is not mysterious about how to live a life pleasing to Him. He makes it very clear that the righteous shun evil and live right before Him. He vividly details what living right before Him means in practical living. Being good before God entails doing what is right, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God.
Doing what is right is simply living a godly life. It is simply taking the Word of God and striving to live it. It is turning one’s back on what is evil and taking on the righteousness of Christ. Godly living is soul building. It is all that helps us be like God in character. Doing what is right is what pleases God.
Loving mercy is treating people better than they deserve to be treated. It is letting God take care of the judgment of their souls. It is striving to focus on the good in people instead of the bad. It is giving people opportunity to change their ways when they mess up. It is turning the other cheek when they wrong us instead of seeking vengeance.
Walking humbly before God means that we acknowledge that God is sovereign over us. It is giving the Lord the credit due Him for all He does in and through us. It is not exalting ourselves. It is always seeking to honor and glorify God. It is understanding that we owe the Lord our very lives, now and forever.
It is good for us to do what God requires of us. It is the only assurance that we have we will make it to heaven. Doing these things without a relationship with Christ will make us good in the eyes of man, but it will not make us qualified for heaven. Jesus alone is the way, truth and life. It is only a living relationship with Christ that will make us good before God.
Are you doing what God requires of you?
About the Author:
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 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.