Favor of God

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Recently I have been receiving a number of quotes along with scriptural references on a variety of topics. In an effort to introduce more variety into Dr. J’ Apothecary Shoppe beyond the typical Verse of the Day, I occasionally touch upon the Word of the Day. Today, I would like to add another category, the Quote of the Day. We begin with our first Quote of the Day for October 11, 2016:

 

“God doesn’t believe in favoritism, yet He shows favor.”

 

Accompanying the quote is a reference to Psalm 5:12 (NLT):

For You, O Lord, bless the righteous man [the one who is in right standing with You]; You surround him with favor as with a shield.

 

Although the Scriptures reveal that God is no respecter of persons, we find that God states, “I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”(Exodus 33:19)

 

Indeed, we note that the word “favor” has also been translated “grace.” God extends His grace, his undeserved favor toward His people. In thinking about God’s grace and favor Ephesians 2:8-9 (AMP) come to mind:

 

8 For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God;

 

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

 

To receive grace is to receive a gift, something so valuable that it must be given away because no one is wealthy enough to purchase something of inestimable value and worth. A common acronym for grace is “God’s Riches at Christ’s Expense.”

Favor is God’s graciousness extended to us; grace is His undeserved favor that abounds toward those who accept His graciousness: “Where sin did abound, grace did much more abound.”

The lyrics to the following song describe God’s super-abounding favor:

 

Favor upon Favor

 

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

 

Where we work there is favor

Where we live there is favor

Where we meet there is favor

Up and down each street there is favor

Where we pray there is favor

Where we play there is favor

Every day there is favor

In every way there is favor

Where we learn there is favor

Everywhere we turn, there is favor

Here and there and everywhere

There is the overflowing favor

Never-ceasing, ever-increasing favor.

 

There is favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor.

Let us savor each golden moment of the favor of God.

 

Favor, favor, favor upon favor,

Favor, favor, favor upon favor

Unprecedented favor, unparalleled favor,

Flowing from the fullness of the Father,

Is falling without measure upon the Body of Christ.

 

Martha Munizzi proclaims the “Favor of God.”

 

 

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