Solomon’s encouragement in Proverbs is for us to remain faithful to God and allow his love to remain in our hearts. This recipe Solomon concludes, leads to activating the favour of the Lord and leads to good success. God wants us to show love because he is love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4:7). As we enter this season of uncommon favour, let us be perfected in love so that we do not have enmity towards others. We cannot say that we love God who we cannot see if we do not love those who we can see.
Some people are difficult to love and the difficult people are often the ones who are most in need of love. We can love our way into our blessings and a wealthy place of rest. God will lavish his blessings on those who are full of love because he can be sure that we will be willing to do his will. “Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor” (Proverbs 22:9). The kingdom principle around increase relates to sowing and reaping. We sow into God’s kingdom and we expect a harvest which is multiplied. We have to love people to want to sow and be able to see the needs of others over our own.
God says it is more blessed to give than to receive because those who give will never be in need. “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). The scriptures do not lie and God means every word written by the prophets. Love one another, be kind and considerate and demonstrate to God that he can trust you with abundance.
God wants to bless us in the same way that parents want to be good to their children. God wants us to be good stewards of his blessings so that he can trust us to be a blessing to others. Being perfected in love will open uncommon doors of favour. As we lay aside the weights of sin that would keep us bound, we soar to new heights and territories in Christ Jesus.