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Finding God's Favor

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Finding God’s Favor

Isaiah 1:19 NIV
19 If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good things of the land;

God’s Favorite?

Romans 2:11 NIV
11 For God does not show favoritism.
Acts 10:34 NIV
34 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism

God shows no favoritism or partiality

Genesis 37:3–4 NIV
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Mark 10:41 NIV
41 When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.
Mark 10:44–45 NIV
44 and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Favor with Man

Family

Children Find Favor through Obedience

Ephesians 6:1–3 NIV
1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 2 “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—3 “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”
Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV
13 The Lord will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the Lord your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
2 Timothy 3:1–5 NIV
1 But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, 4 treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.
3 John 4 NIV
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Romans 5:19 NIV
19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

Wives find Favor by being Virtuous

1 Timothy 3:11 NIV
11 In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
Proverbs 31:10–12 NIV
10 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. 11 Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value. 12 She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Husbands find favor through Love

Ephesians 5:25 NIV
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her
Ephesians 5:28–33 NIV
28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—30 for we are members of his body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.
Ephesians 6:4 NIV
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Hebrews 13:4 NIV
4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral.

Favor on the Job

Workers find Favor Through Diligence

Proverbs 21:5 NIV
5 The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
Colossians 3:23 NIV
23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Psalm 90:17 NIV
17 May the favor of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands.
2 Timothy 2:15 NIV
15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.
John 5:17 NIV
17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”
Galatians 6:9 NIV
9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Favor with Friends

Friends Gain Favor by being Loyal and Trustworthy

Proverbs 18:24 NIV
24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Psalm 1:1–3 NIV
1 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. 3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.
Proverbs 13:20 NIV
20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV
11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Favor with God

God’s Favor Begins with Faith

Galatians 1:10 NIV
10 Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.
Hebrews 11:6 NIV
6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Psalm 84:11 NIV
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.

God Honors Integrity

Proverbs 21:3 NIV
3 To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.
Proverbs 11:3 ESV
3 The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.

God Favors the Humble

James 4:6 NIV
6 But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”
Luke 14:11 NIV
11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
1 Corinthians 1:3 NIV
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Lord Favors the Wise

Proverbs 8:35 NIV
35 For those who find me find life and receive favor from the Lord.
James 1:5 NIV
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Proverbs 3:13–15 NIV
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, 14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. 15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Luke 2:52 NIV
52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.

God Favors those who Love

1 Peter 4:8 NIV
8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 John 4:20 NIV
20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
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