Life Isn’t Fair
“Life isn’t fair” is a famous mantra. It is one everyone can relate to because it doesn’t take long to figure this out. We have all experienced instances in this life that are not fair. We have been overlooked, cheated, disrespected, and abused. We know life is not fair, but a more important question is, “How do we respond to the unfairness we encounter in life?” Some people will grow angry and try to retaliate. Some may grow calloused and try to keep to themselves. How we respond to the world is important.
Most of the questions related to how we should act as human beings can be answered by looking at the character of God. When God gives us a command he often asks us to act as he would act. For instance, in 1 John 4:19 the apostle writes, “We love because He first loved us.” We are to show love for one another because God first loved us. In regards to the unfairness of the world we need to consider how God has treated us. Do we deserve salvation? Did we deserve the sacrifice Jesus made for us on the cross? The answer is no. God responded to us with grace. He gave us what we did not deserve. He gave us an opportunity for salvation. He sent His Son to die on the cross for us.
When we consider how we are going to respond to the unfairness of the world we need to remember how God treated us. When we sinned God did not give us death as we deserved. He gave us His Son. When we are wronged, cheated, disrespected, abused, etc. how will we respond? Will we seek revenge? Will we become calloused, or will we respond with grace? God wants us to be like Him. He wants us to respond to others with love, grace, and mercy. These are the things that will change the world. Responding with revenge will start a fight and maybe a war, but responding with grace will hopefully soften the heart of the person who has yet to meet God. Our responsibility as Christians is not to bring more hatred and violence into the world. Our job as Christians is to make this world a better place and lead people to God.