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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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October 26, 2012 - Put an End to Envy

By Dave Kidd

As Robin and I have served in ministry to married couples, we have repeatedly observed that what the world views as love is often at odds with the biblical characteristics of love.

If I were to ask couples across our nation in a survey or poll to describe love, many would describe it as a feeling.

In the Bible, love is described as a gift and as something that is given, a sharp contrast to the world's focus on surface feelings. It is amazing how much that difference in definitions is affecting marriages and families today. It can creep into our hearts and spirits before we even realize it. Yes, it can even sneak into the life of Christian marriage if allowed.

When our neighbors bring home that new car, when that wife is sporting new jewelry or the latest fashion, how does that make us feel? Are wives ever tempted to question why their husbands are not providing them with those things? On the other hand, guys, how about the time when the neighbor brings home that new piece of lawn equipment, or new boat. When things like that happen, do we men question ourselves and even perhaps our wives?

Envy is the wrecking ball of marriages. I like how The Message paraphrases 1 Corinthians 13:4: "Love doesn't want what it doesn't have." In a want-driven society the race to accumulate things is driving many marriages and families into ruin. Bankruptcy, foreclosures and divorce are the result all too often.

Envy does not stop with the material, but invades the emotional, mental and even the spiritual aspects of our marriages. A woman may want that caring and considerate husband who lives four doors down, the one who is always opening doors for his wife and playing baseball with their kids.

A man may want the woman at the office who is always ready with a compliment because of his intelligence and abilities. A couple may desire the giftings of another couple at their church, the ones who always are leading and in charge of various ministries. On and on it goes.

I think of the apostle Paul's words in Scripture that provide the surest antidote to envy: "I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12,13, New Living Translation).

Envy is the void that is experienced when a life is separated or even distanced from Christ. As husbands and wives draw close to the Savior, they can soak in the contentment found in a marriage centered on Christ.

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (AG) in Minerva, Ohio.

 

 

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