We’re All God’s Favorites

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.  (Psalm 86:15, NIV)
The Hebrew word for gracious is a word that means favor.  Not the kind of favor that you ask of someone (Hey!  Would you do me a favor?).  It’s the kind of favor where someone looks upon you fondly.  It is the root of the word favorite.  Favor is a word that occurs many more times in the Old Testament than it does in the New Testament.  In fact, in the New Testament, the word typically means the kind of favor you would do to help someone.  The word that is translated as “favor” in the New Testament is the same Greek word that is most often translated as “grace.”
Titus 2:11 (NIV) says, “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. ”  I really like that.  God’s grace that allows for human beings to be saved and spend eternity in heaven has been bestowed on everyone.  God does not play favorites.  God does not pick and choose who gets to go to heaven.  1 Peter 3:18 says, “For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.”  Jesus died for everyone, not just for a select few.  1 Timothy 2:6 says that Jesus “gave Himself as a ransom for all men…”  1 John 2:2 says, “He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.”  God has bestowed His grace and His favor on everyone.  We’re all His favorites!  How awesome is that?!?  God does not look at us as though we are worthless or unimportant.  No!  He loves us and lavishes us with His grace.  He pours out His grace on those who believe (Eph. 2:8-9), repent (Acts 17:30), confess (Romans 10:9-10) and obey Him in baptism (Matthew 28:19; Acts 2:38).  May you be filled with the joy and knowledge that YOU (yes, you!) are one of God’s favorites!  (Along with the other 6.75 billion favorites He has!)   🙂

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