Recently (as in yesterday) I finished the book The Business of Honor by Bob Hasson and Danny Silk. I won’t go into the nitty gritty of the book, but it deals very much with our relationships and how we approach things at our place of business, but it really could be applied, in many instances, to how we live life in general.
One of the main points, driven home throughout the book, is how God loves us as a good Father. He’s not angry at you, keeping score of all the bad things you’ve done and waiting to whack you over head whenever you sin.
He just loves you and wants the best for you.
I’ll be honest, I struggle to see myself as being completed loved by God a lot of the time. I struggle often with fear of all sorts of different kinds. But in the book I was reminded that “perfect love casts out fear”.
And isn’t that how God loves us? Perfectly? It’s impossible to really comprehend.
In different sections of the book there were some affirmations to help us as we move towards seeing ourselves as loved sons and daughters, but these three hit me the most.
I am a son/daughter and no longer a slave to feat. Love and honor enable me to cast out fear.
I am no longer a slave to the fear of lack. My Father generously provides all things that I need to flourish and succeed. I trust that as I look out for Hi interests, He will look out for mine. I refuse to become caught up in petty comparisons, competition, and jealous with others. Rather, I will look for ways to be generous and invest in the the success of others.
I am no longer a slave to the fear of failure. My Father believes in my success and removes all shame and the fear of punishment from my mistakes so I can learn, grow, and overcome them. I will courageously engage with problems and challenges, confident that He will help me overcome and find solutions.
Man, if I can nail those three, I’ve made some huge progress.
I highly recommend this book!