Yesterday, I shared some heavenly treasures we can add to our lives. Today, I have one more that I think should be at the top of the list: Goodwill! I prefer the word goodwill, but the Bible also recognizes it as favor. Goodwill in business and organizations references the value they add regarding customer service, patronage, or reputation. Another example is when people think of you, they think of someone they would trust with their children or someone who they would trust to invest their money. This goodwill is found in the New Testament parable of the bags of gold, where the servant was entrusted with his master’s wealth and was able to double its value.
Goodwill is the idea of trusting a person with the things that are important to you. When my back is turned, they’ll stand up for me. Favor is you standing out from all the rest. And the blessing of favor is not just something we can get with people; It’s something we can also receive from God. If you have goodwill with God, doors begin to fling open. But having goodwill with both God and with people means you build up the things within you that earn that feeling.
Friend, God loves you just as you are and is gracious towards you, but there is favor that God will pour out on your life. Let’s continue to draw near to God, and He’ll draw near to us. And as you earn favor with the Lord and goodwill with Him, you’ll see that it will also manifest with good people, and that’s a great thing to have, too!