Good Tuesday morning. I’ve been preparing Sunday’s sermon on fairness and the stories keep buzzing around in my head. Life is unfair. As children we get upset if someone gets more candy or a new bike. As adults we have to cope with bigger issues of unfairness. Work promotions are sometimes unfair; pay cuts are unfair; the rich get richer…..You get the picture. It is so unfair when a child gets a horrible disease; it is so unfair when a loved ones dies in a car accident or on the operating table. It’s so unfair when a football star or a movie star makes millions of dollars while a single mother stresses about feeding her child. It seems unfair that the west coast is burning up while the gulf coast is drowning in water.
Want some good news?
Romans 8: 31-39
31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? 33 Who will bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all day long;
we are accounted as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
[One of the most magnificent passages in the entire bible]
Praise God! Life isn’t fair, but God is beyond all fairness. His love for us through Christ is overwhelmingly generous. It puts our pitiful claims to fairness to shame. Nothing can separate us from that love! There’s great news for your day!
Blessings on your day,