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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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September 20, 2011 - Safe and Secure

By Dave Kidd

“Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms; Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.” (“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms,” Hoffman and Showalter, 1887)

 Yes, the song is old, the words are not sacred, and you might not hear this song in many churches anymore. However, the truth of the words remains relevant today.

Anthony Showalter wrote the tune and the chorus to this familiar hymn after hearing from two friends, whose wives had just gone into eternity.

Upon learning this, I could not help but think that the sense of safety and security these friends had, together with their wives, had been shaken.

And why not? The marriage relationship is to be the image of Christ’s relationship with us, the Church. Even when our most intimate relationship is shaken here on earth, we can be assured of the rock-solid presence of our Lord.

But what has intrigued me, in light of these facts, is how our relationship with our spouse needs to reflect the safety and security that comes from Christ.

Does our marriage reflect safety and security? Do we experience a safe and secure environment in which we can openly share our thoughts, feelings and needs with our spouse?

What effects do safety and security have on a marriage?

In counseling, we see far too many couples who are, quite simply, afraid of each other. They do not feel safe and secure. Such a reality neither reflects a healthy marriage nor reflects the same to the world.

Additionally, we see a stark contrast to these realities reflected in Scripture.

 “Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31,32, NASB).

 — Dave Kidd serves as associate pastor at Grace Fellowship — “the caring place” — in Canton, Ohio, and is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals.

 

 

 

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