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Day 5: HONOR

As we become powerful in being able to see people as God created them to be no matter what, we begin to understand that we are positioned to help others see themselves and others through the same lens of honor.  Where before we reacted in defensiveness to people’s behavior, now we live offensively, showing them the love, delight, patience, and trust of the Father. We have the opportunity to be a people who encourage, build up, and promote growth in others, especially in moments of need. When people are struggling, falling short, or trapped in cycles of bad behavior, they need a word that releases grace—the favor and empowerment of heaven—and invites breakthrough. I have heard it described that our words of edification create a target on the lives of others that attracts heaven to land. We know we have retrained ourselves to see with heaven’s perspective when someone makes a poor choice and we see them as a target for a word of encouragement that brings grace.  

From The Pathway to Powerful, Chapter Five “Installing a Lens of Honor”

THINK

When do we most struggle to see people as God created them to be?  

How can we be proactive in making sure we keep our honor on towards people, regardless of their behavior?  

Consider 2 Corinthians 5:16-19: “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view . . . Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come . . . All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.”

What is the difference between the world’s point of view and God’s point of view?

REFLECT

Is there anyone with whom you are struggling relationally right now? Perhaps someone who is making choices that you disagree with?

If you were to take a step back from focusing on their behavior, asking God to help you see them correctly, what are the things that you can value about them? How are they worthy of praise?

How could you encourage them in this season? Ask God for a word of grace that releases the empowerment of heaven into their deepest place of need.  

When can you commit to giving them a word of encouragement by?

PRAYER

Father, I thank You that You have made me a new creation. Because of Jesus, You reconciled relationship with me, and You do not hold my sins against me. I ask for Your help in having that same perspective toward others. Help me to see the people around me according to the value that You have placed on their life, even when I struggle with their behavior. I ask that You help me become a person filled with encouragement who releases the grace for breakthrough to those around me. Show me if there is anyone else in my life right now who should be a target for that encouragement.

 
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