Resurrected Living
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Life Isn’t Fair, and We Shouldn’t Expect It to Be

People want life to be fair, but as Christians, we cannot expect this. Life is not fair for Christians because we are to do good while others do bad. We are to tell the truth even if others lie. We are to love while others hate. We are to seek peace as those around us fight. We are to forgive when people hurt us.

The unfairness of our call is attested to in verse after verse in the Bible.

“Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.” (Matt. 5:39-41)

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44)

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all…Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Rom. 12:17, 21)

“Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.” (1 Pet. 2:12)

The life of a Christian is not fair. We are not to treat others as we have been treated. We are to treat others as we would like to be treated regardless of how they have treated us. We will not reach a lost and dying world by being fair. The world needs grace. The only way to reach a lost and dying world is to show them Jesus. Do good when others do evil to you. Love even though you are hated. Seek peace when someone starts a fight with you. Give to those who do not deserve it. Tell the truth to those who would lie to you. Don’t worry about fair. Be like Jesus and watch people transform as they encounter his grace.

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