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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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January 18, 2012 - Pure and Transparent

By Dave Kidd

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God” (Matthew 5:8, NIV).

 As individuals, we have become very good at projecting an image of ourselves we think others want to see. We do it at work, at school and, sadly, in our homes. But all of us must look within ourselves and, more importantly, ask Christ to look inside us.

 Never is there more tension in a marriage as when one or both individuals are smiling to hide the pain of something that lurks under the surface of their public life. I have written much in regard to protecting one’s spouse from the exposure of their weaknesses, providing that safe place that is such a vital staple of a healthy marriage. However, when a repetitive cycle of destructive behavior exists within a marriage, the strain soon begins to take its toll.

 Jesus uttered the words in the Scripture above in reference to an inner purity, a purity that can only be found in a life stayed on Christ. Such a life pleases God and, in turn, it is God’s good pleasure to bless that life and those connected to it. The ultimate reward of that life is enough on its own — seeing God!

 Until then, however, the couple who open their hearts to each other, expressing and confessing their struggles, will not only share a deeper intimacy but be blessed with something that we are seeking on this journey: happiness.

Can you share your deepest felt feelings, needs and struggles with your spouse? If you can, there will be no tension caused by the pain behind a forced smile and hidden feelings. When our hearts are open, we can experience everything that God and our spouse desire to put in it.

Additionally, an open heart can be easily cleared of that which contaminates it. I strive daily to allow Christ to open my heart and clean it. King David put it this way:

 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me” (Psalm 51:10).

— Dave Kidd is the author of the Monday Marriage Minder devotionals and serves with his wife, Robin, as a clergy couple for the Assemblies of God’s Marriage Encounter. Together they lead Binding Hearts Marriage and Family Ministries.

 

 

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