Favour: The GRACE Principle!
Favour is one of those sweet things that elevate us and makes us feel good and grateful. Of course, it may make others feel envious, jealous or annoyed. Favour is an act of goodwill, kindness, preference and benevolence beyond what is usual or what is due. Simply it is unmerited preference or attention. In simple Biblical terms it is the GRACE Principle.
The GRACE Principle is captured and illustrated by the acts of a loving God who makes a divine and eternal sacrifice for all mankind as captured in the famous John 3:16
For God so Loved the World that He gave his only begotten Son that Whosoever believes Him Shall not perish but have eternal life
So let’s look at this principle through the acrostic below.
The perfect illustration of favour is God’s gift of love to mankind through His son Jesus Christ. It is undeserved indeed, an act of favour when in real terms mankind deserves death. Instead God offers His only Son as the ultimate sacrifice for the redemption and forgiveness of sin.
This sacrifice goes beyond the forgiveness of sins; it also offers much more. What the Scriptures calls ‘that you may have life and have it in abundance‘. Or as perfectly captured in 2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
Yes indeed! Wealth, abundance and riches become a heritage possible thanks to the next point!
At (His Expense!)
He paid it all in full! And it is yours for the asking. The simple point of access is Grace. Just like salvation it is a work of Grace – not of man’s efforts, sweat or doing. It was all completed by Him!
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
So it was all done by Christ for the sake of all humanity! Through the work of the Cross – Christ becomes the bridge to the Father. And through Him you can ASK all to the Father. And you don’t have to worry about the cost, because he has that covered.
Simply ‘PAID in FULL’ and signed by Christ is perhaps an appropriate sticker to conjure in mind. It is all about favour and Grace. That which you couldn’t afford; you can only receive, embrace and be thankful for. It is certainly very different from the world we live in and the rules we live by – which is about merit and money.
Favour and the Grace Principle goes beyond money and merit. In fact another definition of Grace is unmerited (undeserved) favour. Indeed don’t try too hard to understand it, just embrace it and be thankful for it. That is the only way to make sense of it.
Importantly, endeavor to live this principle daily by extending the same to others – in kindness and generosity, in speech and actions, in forgiveness and loving to others, especially those who don’t deserve which is all of us! To whom much is given, much is expected!
Remember to extend Grace to you too for you can’t give that which you don’t have!
This is the most empowering principle for everyday life
Wishing you a Grace filled Sunday and Week ahead!