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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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August 16, 2011 - Peace

By Dave Kidd

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22,23, NLT).

This morning, I walked from our bedroom to our dining room to find Robin intently focused on her morning devotions. I waited until she looked up, her eyes catching mine, and then proceeded to express my affection for her through our intimate “Good Morning” filled with kisses.

In several instances during this passed week, Robin has expressed her happiness to me, and I to her. God has blessed us with a great marriage; however, it wasn’t always so.

I used to be the king of selfishness, and Robin had a temper. Add to the mix my own temper, and the combination quickly became deadly. My selfish actions would provoke her, and she would instinctively lash out. To which I would react with more selfishness.

Peace, to us, was often little more than a form of détente. Relaxing in our strained relationship, each of us trying hard to not upset or provoke the other.

True peace was something that we both longed for but had never achieved, until we unconditionally surrendered to Christ and, subsequently, to His Holy Spirit.

The gift of the Holy Spirit and the practice of the same has produced the fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives and in our marriage. There is a calmness and a serenity in each other’s company that was lacking for so many years before.

Robin experienced the presence and power of the Holy Spirit years ago before I did, and a change began to take place in our marriage. Later, when I received the empowerment of the Holy Spirit, our marriage dynamic radically improved even more.

“But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:26,27, NIV).

Imagine that. We can live at perfect peace in our marriages — taught by the Holy Spirit as we submit ourselves to the lordship of Christ. It is a gift from our Lord that is cultivated in marriage by two individuals living a Spirit-formed, Spirit-led and covenant life.

Do we cultivate the fruit of peace in our own life? Do we allow the Holy Spirit to change us, sanding down our rough edges and flaws and growing us into instruments of His peace?

Do you have peace in your marriage? If not, ask God to change you and then allow Him to do it. The change He works in your life will affect your spouse as well while you focus on the Lord.

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3, NLT).

Be a Peace-Liver and a Peace-Giver!

— 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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