Shamefully, I often care more about fairness than mercy

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Asking God to treat you fairly is an invitation to disaster. If God were a God of fairness, we would experience a horrible life and spend eternity in hell. Fairness has to do with justice. Fairness implies that there is something good in me; somehow my good deeds will balance out my bad deeds.

Fairness works if you and I are the only ones who matter. But we are not. God matters. If I was fully aware of the awfulness of my sin I would spend every minute of my life pleading for mercy, but I often care more about fairness than mercy. That is tragic.

My most recent post is excerpted from the portion of Get Wisdom! that deals with mercy. As I looked at these words, written by my wife, Ruth, they jumped off the page as if I had never seen them before. I was completely shaken by a truth that I have long known – fairness is what I want, but mercy is what I need.

What do your children think about fairness and mercy? How many times do you hear the cry, “that’s not fair”? How many times do you cry out the same words? We wind up being angry because we are not treated fairly, instead of being blown away by the mercy extended to us at the cross.

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