I started writing this comment in response to John’s article, but I thought it might be good for a post in itself.
While I agree with your sentiments here, I have to say that it is not as simplistic as all that. Yes, God loves all of us…whether we believe or not. But God abides with His children, who are born of His Spirit. And such abode brings favour.
Certainly, it doesn’t necessarily mean financial favour or worldly success, but it also doesn’t mean that God won’t bless us in those ways either. You can consider the story of the Obed-edom as recorded in 2 Samuel 6:11 as an example. As Christians, our greatest blessing is our assurance of salvation…and that will come with tribulations and persecutions in this world, when we stand for the truth.
The Bible also teaches us that we are a royal Priesthood, a peculiar people, a holy nation (1 Pet 2:9), set apart for God as instruments of righteousness and chosen by Him before the foundation of the world (Eph 1:4). Jesus even said that we didn’t choose Him, but He chose us (John 15:16), and that no one can come to Him unless the Father draws them (John 6:44). This is a hard teaching to accept in the world, which is why it is also recorded that after He said that, many of His disciples stopped following Him.
However, God is still good and just, all the time, to the righteous and the unrighteous, even though it may not appear so to all. We must also be good to all without prejudice. However, the saying that “charity begins at home” is true. Paul teaches us that our love and compassion must first be shown to the household of the Believers (Gal 6:10).
Just because some abuse the concept of favour doesn’t make it untrue, in the same way many have abused God’s grace…yet it can not be denied! It is a free gift to all that are willing to accept it.
God bless you, Ufuoma.
Read John Pavlovitz’s post: The Destructive Lie of “God’s Favor”
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