The Art of Affirmation
STAND BY ME
When the night has come and the land is dark
and the moon is the only light we'll see
No, I won't be afraid, No, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
or the mountain should crumble to the sea
No, I won't cry, No, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me...
What we desire, as expressed in the music of our culture, is a dream that we really want fulfilled in our spouses and that of the lifestyle of our friends. Only in Jesus Christ can can we feel affirmed. Only through His power can we be affirming individuals. The Bible tells us in Ephesians 5:25:
"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church...".
The way He loved other individuals is how we are to love our partners. Jesus said it like this in John 15:12-13
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.
If there was anything that Jesus did well, it was to constantly affirm those who followed Him. It is something that we need in our marriages and in our families to create that closeness, that sense of intimacy, that we each desire to have, as well as to give.
What does it mean to affirm? Literally, it means to validate, to confirm, to imply confidently that an individual is of great worth and of great value. Literally, it means to substantiate, to verify. There is a difference between affirming an individual and encouraging them. Encouragement will inspire someone to hope and to have a greater sense of spirit, or courage, to hearten someone, to spur someone on, to stimulate them, or to help them. Affirmation stands by that individual, it gives your stamp of approval upon that individual whom you seek to bestow it--that's exactly how Jesus lived. But before we will enter the operational side of affirming o ...
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