Fairness and Grace
“It’s not fair!” This is the phrase children often use when they are corrected. Fairness deals with punishments and rewards. Fair means one receives what they deserve, while grace means one receives what is undeserved. People demand equality and justice in this world, but the problem is not everyone agrees on what that looks like. When we approach God, it is often with the mindset of what we believe is “fair” and we fail to understand that God operates through grace.
Eph 2:8 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.
We are all saved by God’s grace. If God was truly being fair, none of us would deserve His salvation. We deserve punishment and death for our sins, but instead Jesus willingly paid the price for us so that we can be in a relationship with God. A person who truly receives God’s grace and acknowledges that he is not worthy of it, will not despise His grace and intentionally keep on sinning. Even when we unintentionally sin, God, in His infinite grace, extends forgiveness so that we will return back to Him. Are you living your life in light of His grace or are you operating under the law, petitioning for justice and personal rights?
- When was the last time that you paused and thanked God for His grace because He has not dealt you with what you deserve?
- When and how have you acted in fairness and justice rather than extending grace towards others?