Thursday, August 28, 2014

Is It Fair for God to Forgive Anyone Who Asks? by Martin Wiles

Series: Hey God…I Have a Question

David James O’Connor was a volunteer wrestling coach at Curtis Junior High School and later at Curtis Senior High School. Recently two young men accused him of molesting them while they were on the wrestling team at Curtis Junior High. The charges against O’Connor, however, were dropped due to a technicality. Actually another law called the statue of limitations. Since the illegal occurrences transpired in 2005, charges would have had to have been filed by 2008. He was free to go. His release didn’t seem fair…and certainly wasn’t to the young men he molested.

Laws are designed to protect the innocent and the criminal. Both have limited rights. When protecting lawbreakers, they seem unfair. God’s grace might occasionally appear in that same light also. The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT)

Grace by its very nature is unfair. After all, God extends it to people who don’t deserve it. I deserve to pay eternally for my sins against him, yet he steps in if I ask and cleans my slate. When I hear of him saving those who are already somewhat good moral people, I rejoice. I’m even happy when addicts are delivered. But when it’s a murderer on death row who asks for his forgiveness at the last minute—and gets it, I get antsy. Especially if I’ve lived the good life most of my life. Now they get to enjoy the same rewards as I do? 

God’s forgiveness has only one stipulation—and it doesn’t relate to how good I already am, what type of family I come from, or how much I possess. Repentance is God’s only requirement. In any case, my forgiveness is based on Jesus’ payment—not anything I’ve accomplished or how I’ve lived.

God makes the forgiveness rules. Instead of crying “Unfair” when he forgives someone you think doesn’t deserve it, remember no one deserves his forgiveness. Rather, rejoice that it’s available to all who ask.

Prayer: Father in heaven, I recognize I’ve sinned against You. Thank You for allowing Your Son to pay for my sins. I receive that forgiveness and commit my life to You. 

Tell us how you respond to unfair situations. 

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