But then, maybe it’s a good thing God isn’t fair.
We don’t deserve most of the ugly stuff that happens, true. But it is also true that we haven’t earned the good things that come our way, either. If you were born into a family that values education or laughs easily or appreciates hard work, these things are gifts, not accomplishments.
Perhaps the greatest gift of all is forgiveness. None of us live without making mistakes, sometimes very serious ones. Punishment is what we deserve. But God isn’t fair. Instead of looking at our achievements–our past–to decide how he will treat us, He looks to his own affection for us and to the future He wants to give us. He offers forgiveness. Because of the gift of forgiveness, we can start each day fresh without being loaded with the weight of the past.
Fair means getting what we deserve. It is focused on the past and on our behavior. God isn’t fair; He is gracious.
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John McClarty writes from the Pacific Northwest.© 2002 - 2021, AnswersForMe.org. All rights reserved. Click here for content usage information.