Finding Favor with God

   Paul wrote, "As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid" (Romans 9:13-14). He was referring to the Passage recorded in the first chapter of Malachi. Furthermore in Genesis 25, we read, "And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob" (Genesis 25:28). It is true that Isaac and Rebekah played favorites with their children but is that also true of God?
   What does it mean to have favor with God? The Bible teaches that Noah found "favor" with God (Genesis 6:8). Likewise we find that Joseph found favor with the keeper of the prison (Genesis 39:21). And Esther found grace and favor with the king (Esther 2:17). Favor is defined as "graciousness of manner, acceptable, benefit, gift, or thanks worthy." Subjectively it means kindness and objectively it means beauty, pleasantness, or preciousness. It is through the favor and grace of God that we find the means to our salvation (Acts 15:11; Ephesians 2:8).
   Is God's favor and grace conditional? James wrote, "Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble" (James 4:5-6). The eternal favor of God is only for the faithful because God does not respect persons in regards to salvation (Romans 2:11; I Timothy 2:4).
   God's plan of salvation begins with grace and favor and is filled with it through and through. Paul wrote, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast" (Ephesians 2:8-9). Only when one meets the conditions established by the Lord can one expect to receive the benefits His grace and favor furnishes. In many ways everyone receives a measure of favor from the Lord. Jesus said, "That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust" (Matthew 5:45). Everyone is blessed by God in some manner. However, in order to be in favor with the Lord we must meet certain requirements, His requirements!
   Are you in favor with God, If you desire to be you must believe that Jesus is the Son of God, repent of your sins, confess the name of Christ before others, and be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins (John 8:24; Luke 13:3; Acts 8:37; Mark 16:16). Why not find God's favor today!


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