It is an obvious observation that when you love those who are close to you you receive favor from them. But something that is often overlooked is that there is a much more hidden way with love that will cause you to receive favor from potential enemies and even actual confrontational adversaries.
Love is such a powerful force that Jesus is using it to control the entire universe, for He is “In charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule.” If we’re not careful, we grown-ups can act childish, reacting to every discomfort with an instant fleshly desire and response. When we become mature and rise to full adulthood, we learn to measure our responses to everything also to and stay clear of enemies and things or people that would cause discomfort.
Sometimes we find it unavoidable to have interaction with enemies, and this is the point where love is the secret key to favor. This kind of love cannot be faked or worn like a mask. It must come from the innermost essence of our souls which have been influenced by the holy spirit. Gods love, which is referred to in the Bible by the Greek word agape means, “Love without reason; a love feast.”
There was once a very harmful politician who stood on the opposite side of many moral issues that I stood for as a pastor in San Francisco. One day I was faced with the meeting him in his office. Before this meeting I found myself praying in the Holy Spirit for God’s love towards this influential man. When I arrived in his office and saw him for the first time alone, in private without any other witnesses, I suddenly felt the love of God for this man pouring out of my spirit and began to prophesy good things over him. I knew that many of my contemporaries would be upset that I was not rebuking him, but instead I felt moved to bless him with the love of God.
Weeks later the same man came to speak publicly in the church I pastor. To be truthful with you, when he stood in front of the congregation he said some of the most honest things I have ever heard from any man. He said, “My mother has gone to be with the Lord and I know you people here are real Christians. My mother would be ashamed of some of the things I have done, so please never waiver from what you are. The city of San Francisco needs you.” This man that I thought was an enemy, was actually extending favor to us because we did stand differently on many issues.
Jesus made this clear when He said, “But I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.” So think about this for a moment. How often do we choose to use our anger or other fleshly responses to situations for our own personal need for justice, when favor would be a much more appropriate response and blessing is done through the power of love?
God is love. The very essence of God’s person is love itself. The closer I personally have been able to move into the Lord’s presence, the more I am overwhelmed by the love and favor that permeates every action that occurs in His presence. What I am talking about is not so very far from you. All you need to do is open your heart right now and ask Jesus to help you. It is that simple. You have not, because you asked not.