Favor Isn’t Fair
“For you bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.”
Psalms 5:12 NLT
“Will the Lord reject forever?
Will he never show his favor again?
Has his unfailing love vanished forever?
Has his promise failed for all time?
Has God forgotten to be merciful?
Has he in anger withheld his compassion?”
Psalm 77: 6-9
It’s a Shame...
Shame: Failed with Favor.
It’s a shame when you desire favor over unfailing grace.
Shame: Opportunity for redemption.
"Out of his fullness, we have all received grace in place of grace already given."
John 1:16 NIV
“That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT
Don’t Give Up
Our favor is where grace is already given.
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”
Ephesians 5:1-2 NIV