God's favor - a result of walking in His principles and purpose
Webster’s defines favor as
1) a friendly regard shown toward another especially by a superior
2) approving consideration or attention
3) a gracious kindness
4) a special privilege or right granted or conceded
Webster’s defines grace as
1) unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification
2) approval, favor, privilege
3) a charming or attractive trait or characteristic
4) a sense of propriety or right
Grace implies more than favor; grace is a free gift. Favor may be deserved or gained, and a person can grow in favor with God and man. 1 Sam 2:26, Luke 2:52
Charis - Strong’s #5485 most often translated grace, sometimes translated favor, blessing, gift, or thanks
Favor with God comes when we walk in the principles of God.
Some people who found favor with God
Noah - Gen 6:8
Joseph - Gen 39:1-6, 19-23; Gen 37:3-4; Acts 7:9-10
Children of Israel upon leaving Egypt - Exodus 3:21
Moses - Ex 33:12-19
Samuel - 1 Sam 2:26
Daniel – Dan 1:8-9
David – Acts 7:46
Mary – Luke 1:26-33
Jesus – Luke 2:52
Cornelius – Acts 10:1-4
1st century church – Acts 2:47
General scriptures about favor
Psalms 5:12 Righteous man shall be surrounded with favor as with a shield.
Psalms 84:9-12 No good thing is withheld from those who walk uprightly with God.
Prov 8:32-36 He who walks in wisdom obtains favor from the Lord.
Prov 12:2 A good man will obtain favor from the Lord, but He will condemn a man who devises evil.
Prov 14:35 The king’s favor is toward a servant who acts wisely.
Prov 22:1 A good name is to be more desired than great riches. Favor is better than silver and gold.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 Favor is not based on abilities.
Favor with God is a result of walking in the spirit and the word.
Dan 9:13 repentance to truth brings favor with God; lack of repentance brings lack of favor
1 Pet 2:19-20 favor comes as a result of persevering for truth
Zech 7:9-12 missed the favor of God because of not dispensing true justice, practicing kindness, nor having compassion
Prov 3:3-4 walking in kindness and truth finds favor in the sight of God
When we have favor with God, we also have favor with men.
Acts 2:47, 5:13 disciples held in high esteem and had favor with all the people
Zech 8:18-23 the favor of God relates to the favor of men
Dan 9:8-14 repentance and truth is seeking God’s favor
Prov 3:1-4 binding kindness and truth to our heart finds favor and good repute in the sight of God and man
1 Pet 2:18-20 persevering for the sake of truth brings favor
2 Cor 1:8-11 favor granted by prayer
John 12:26 disciples receive honor from God for serving the Lord
Favor does not mean that we are exempt from persecution – Joseph Gen 39:1-4,19-23
Rejection is the lack of favor.
Gal 6:7-8 Law of harvest, sowing and reaping
Deut 23:2 curse of rejection brings about lack of favor
Psalms 119:21-22 arrogance causes people to wander from God’s commandments
Jer 29:18-19 rejected because of rejecting God’s word
Why does God give people favor? So they can carry out the purposes of God.
Esther 10:3 For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus and great among the Jews, and in favor with the multitude of his kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.
Esther and Mordecai – Esther 1:10-19, 2:8-17