Favour is a Biblical concept. We are created for favour. The desire for it is imprinted upon our hearts—a part of our spiritual DNA.
3 Facets of Favour (Favor) that will Transform Your Life
When we have the revelation of the favour of God upon our lives, it heals our hearts and brings us into a place of rest from striving. It releases us from working for approval—because we know that we already have our Father’s approval. It releases us from fear—because we know that His intent towards us is good.
Here are three glimpses of favour in the Bible and lessons that we can learn from them:
1. Favour Brings Promotion
‘But while Joseph was there in the prison, the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden’ (Gen 39:21)
This favour was linked to the presence of God on Joseph’s life. As a result of favour, Joseph received promotion and preferential treatment.
God’s favour opened doors of promotion and opportunity.
The Hebrew word chen  means favour, grace and acceptance.
Joseph did not just take that favour for granted, however. He worked hard, was a good steward of the gifts and calling of God upon his life and honoured the leaders he served.
Joseph’s story reminds us that whilst we do not labour to earn God’s favour on our lives, we are still required to participate with God’s favour.
In the New Testament, we read of how Jesus grew in favour with God and people. (Luke 2:52) In Acts, the freshly anointed church was ‘enjoying the favor of all the people.’ (Acts 2:47)
Just as the Hebrew word for favour, chen, is used interchangeably for favour and grace, in the New Testament, the word translated ‘favour’ is charis  which is also means grace.
God’s favour is a manifestation of His grace.
God’s favour on your life will not always mean that people think well of you. Remember that the enemy hates the grace and favour of God on your life and it may at times result in persecution, such as Joseph first received from his brothers. However, as you participate in the favour of God on your life, nothing can stop His plans from coming to pass.
2. Favour Gives Protection
‘Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.’ (Ps 5:12)
The Hebrew word for favour here is ratsown,  meaning goodwill, favour, acceptance and delight. The type of shield mentioned here is a large one that covered the whole soldier. 
In the Old Testament we read that as long as Israel and Judah stayed in the favour of God, they were protected from their enemies. (Ps 30:7), As soon as they moved out from that umbrella of God’s protection, they were vulnerable to being plundered.
Jesus has paid the full price for you to receive the favour of God, a favour that encompasses you, covers you, shields and protects you.
In Isaiah 61:1, the Year of Jubilee is referred to as the ‘Year of the Lord’s Favor’, (NIV) or, ‘The Acceptable Year of the Lord’ (KJV). The word used here is again ratsown. (See also Luke 4:19, 2 Cor 6:2b)
Jubilee has to do with restoration of inheritance, and setting God’s people free from bondage. It is fulfilled in Jesus and available to you.
God’s favour is not passive; it is always actively working on your behalf.
3. Favour is God’s Pleasure in you
Throughout the Scriptures we read of men, women and children who found favour with God. Some examples are: Abel (Gen 4:4) Noah (Gen 6:8) Abraham (Gen 18:3) Moses (Ex 33:12) Samuel (1 Sam 2:26) and Mary (Luke 1:30).
We also read of those to whom God gave favour with people, opening doors of relationship, inheritance and opportunity. Esther found favour with the king (Esth 2:9), as did Nehemiah (Neh 1:11) and Ezra (Ezra 7:28). Ruth found favour with Boaz (Ruth 2:10).
Now, God’s favour is not only extended to a few individuals but all of those who receive His salvation—His sons and daughters.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (Luke 2:14, NIV)
The Greek word translated favor here is eudokia,  is also translated ‘good will.’ It means good will, kindly intent, delight and pleasure.
Think about the favour that the waiting father showed to the returning prodigal in Jesus’ parable. (Luke 19) He bestowed emblems of sonship and authority upon him, restoring his status, and threw a party for him. Favour is the embrace of God.
Today, know that God’s favour rests upon you.
You have God’s approval and complete acceptance. He loves you—He even likes you! He is constantly thinking about you, beaming goodwill towards you. His grace upon you is like an attractive light that shines, both towards you from God, and from your life to others.
 More than half of my readers are from the USA, and I am aware that our spelling differences will stand out to you. Consider it my ‘Australian accent’ of writing. I have kept the original spelling of ‘favor’ in the Scripture quotations. Perhaps the spelling conflict (annoying as it may be) can be a personal reminder—that YOU are in God’s FavoUr!
 Ref Strongs H2580,  Strongs G5485,  Strongs H7522,  Strongs H6793,  Strongs G2107
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