How to find favour

What do you want in your life?  What kind of life would you like to live?  I believe the answer lies in a question:  What are you becoming?   There is much written today in the coaching world about the law of attraction.  The truth of the matter is that we really are attracting positive and negative things into our life everyday by our conversations, our interactions, even our demeanour.  A person that acts and speaks negatively will no doubt repel positive people and most likely will only attract other negative people.  The old expression, "misery loves company" is really true.  So how do I get good things to come in my life?  In the Bible, we read about the concept of favour.  Favour is this undeserved blessing or open door that suddenly happens to us when we did very little to make happen. Its kind of like being at the right place at the right time.  Its having someone really like you, believe in you and open unexpected opportunities for you.  That is favour or put another way it is God's blessing.

  In Proverbs 3:3-4, we read the key to finding favour:

        Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

        Bind them around your neck.

Write them on the tablet of your heart.

Then you will find favour and a good name

In the sight of God and man.

A word study on the words for love and faithfulness in this Bible passage shows that they have similarities: they both have the element of steadfastness.   The word for love here means steadfast love, mercy, loving-kindness, faithfulness, goodness, devotion.  The word for faithfulness means steadfast, endure, faithfulness, to be true, to trust.  So in summary, the person who finds favour with God and man is the person who is loving, kind, faithful, merciful, devoted, steadfast and trustworthy: they are faithful.  They are  the kind of people that others want to be around because not only are they loving and kind, but they are trustworthy.  They mean what they say and say what they mean. Their word is their bond.  They can be counted on to fulfill their obligations. 

If you want favour and blessing  to show up in unexpected places and times you must ask o the original questions:   "What am I becoming?"  "Am I faithful?"  

Do you follow through with commitments?  Are you trustworthy?  Can you be counted on?  Do you deal with people in a loving and kind way?  Do people want to be around you?

Gifts and talents are important but, without character to sustain them, they really are a flash in the pan.  Steadfast character, love and faithfulness open doors for favour and blessings  - and a good name in the sight of God and man.