•    It’s Not Fair   

    We’ve all heard it or said it at one time or another. “It’s not fair!”  That phrase comes to mind when someone gets away with something and doesn’t get what they deserve.  Kids hate to see their sibling get away with the same things they themselves were punished for. Perhaps this is why they are so quick to tattle on each other.  As adults we are not very different. In our way of thinking, fairness means that sinners should be punished and we, the good people, deserve to be commended.  If God was to be fair we would all deserve His judgment.  We can be thankful that He isn’t. “He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. “ (Psalm 103:10) We should be glad that God has chosen to be merciful and extend grace to us. It is God’s desire that we become like Him and show mercy towards those who offend us.

    It’s not because of God’s fairness but His mercy that He reaches out to us. I’m thankful God wasn’t fair with me but merciful.

  •    Seed for Thought   

    The presence of Christ in us means we have God’s authority. When Jesus gave the last commission to His disciples He said “All authority has been given to me…go therefore…lo, I am with you always.” Matthew 28:18-20 Christ’s presence guarantees that we will have all that is needed to fulfill His purpose for us. With His presence He gives -

    • Security to the discouraged. Genesis 28:15
    • Encouragement to God’s people. Hebrew 13:5,6
    • Strength to the warrior. Joshua 1:8
    • Comfort to the timid. Jeremiah 1:8
    • Victory to the tempted. Genesis 39:2-21
    • Confidence to the servant. Matthew 28:20;Philippians 4:13
    • Rest to the pilgrim. Ex33:14

    Contributed by: Ronnie Bergeron