Mercy: The Opposite of Fairness

We desire God's mercy while we expect, and even demand, to be treated with fairness. Desiring fairness is a black hole that leads to anger, frustration, disappointment, and struggles in relationships. Where would you and I be if God treated us fairly? In pride, I want to say I don't deserve unfair treatment. But such thinking is not sound. To demand fairness is to live without the fear of God. To demand fairness is to live like a fool, to live as if there were no God.

Yes, we must treat others with fairness but it is not something that we should demand for ourselves. Rather we must trust God to be our advocate. If we obey God's commands and seek his honor in our lives, fairness is not something we will have to be concerned about. We can trust God for protection. He will not abandon us. Jesus did not demand fair treatment, but obeyed his Father instead. This is our model.

Rather than demanding fairness, God calls us to pursue mercy. Ruth Younts, in Get Wisdom!, defines mercy this way:

Mercy is showing kindness to those who are weak, sinful, and needy, because Christ loved me first when I was his enemy.

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