Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. (Proverbs 3:3, 4 NIV)
Jesus said to love God exclusively and to love our neighbors as ourselves. The Christian faith is a relational one where we aren’t islands to ourselves. We have to be able to give an account of our walk in Christ and how we treated others while on earth.
I think of the verse above and realize that not much effort is being placed in how we gain favor with others in our life. Favor is defined as “an act of kindness beyond what is due or usual.” How many Christians can say that we have experienced the favor that comes from their fellow man? How many of us can honestly admit that we aren’t doing enough to win the favor of others.
Love and faithfulness are the prerequisites in winning favor of God and man. People need to know you care for them and that you have their best interest in mind. There will come a day when they will think of your acts of kindness and consider that in how they can bless you. People respond to genuineness. They need to know you are real. That you truly do care.
The word faithful is archaic in concept in a day and age where we move from one relationship to another. We don’t give a second thought to jumping from church to church. We drop friends as easily as out of date clothes. People aren’t staying the course. They quit a job when they can’t take pressure. Faithfulness breeds favor. When we count the cost and still remain, there is something to be said about our willingness to be part of the solution rather than the problem. Supervisors mark how employees react to stress. They won’t entrust the task if they can’t trust the employee to see it through.
The next time you are wondering why things aren’t panning out with your boss, significant other, or a colleague think on where your faithfulness and love barometer is for them.