Fairness is a principle that is being redefined as I write this post. People are having full blown arguments about this online, on television, over coffee and just about everywhere we go.
Now some of this is justifiable. I have been the recipient of some, "unfairness" in my day. But some of the "unfairness" that people pop off about is more about personal desires than a sense of justice.
So what is fair?
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We were all sinners at one time or another. We deserved to receive the appropriate punishment for our sins, death. In life, we can suffer death financially, emotionally, relationally, physically and spiritually. After death, we deserve to hell.
Now I can hear someone saying this right now, "But that's not fair! I'm not perfect, and I make mistakes." We all do. But God has a plan and therein lies the problem. Everyone wants to be the recipient of God's plan, but no one intends to participate in His plan. So let's review a few things.
#1 - God is perfect - you are not.
- God's sense of fairness and justice is perfect - our sinful nature will always skew your's (and mine too).
#2 - Heaven is God's home - He welcomes you to live there with Him forever.
- We treat heaven as a place we deserve to be. No, we can only get in with an invitation.
#3 - He created the heavens, the universe, the earth and you!
- The creation doesn't get to tell the Creator what the rules are - ever.
#4 - God has done everything that He can do to ensure our success in His plan. That is why He sent Jesus to give His life as a sacrifice for our sins. This is why the Holy Spirit was sent to empower us. This is why the Word of God (the Bible) was given to help us live life to the fullest.
Eph. 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— (esv)
Mercy is what God does that allows us to have a relationship with Him. Even though our lives are, "sinful" He sees past that and chooses to see the good (or potentially good) in us. Because He does this, it allows us to ask for forgiveness of our sins. Then grace kicks in. Grace is the unmerited favor of God. You cannot earn it, but you can ask for it. When you ask Jesus to forgive you of your sins, even though you don't deserve it, by grace, He says - yes!!
PRAY Dear Jesus, I know what I deserve. I want to thank you for your mercy and grace that spares me from that. Help me to live your plan today and to give thanks for what you are doing for me right now. AMEN.