Is God Fair Or Is He Just? Lisette Rivera & Phil Sessa

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Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”, NJKV

Many times when “bad” things happen to “good” people, the first thing that is said about the situation is “That’s just not fair!” or “Such and Such was a good person.” But you know what? We won’t get it. It’s not our place to try and figure out God’s reasoning behind letting something “bad” happen to a “good” person. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:8-9 NJKV I don’t know about you but the last time I checked the earth was pretty far from heaven. Since this is the case, we cannot possibly completely understand God’s thoughts. And you’ll just get a headache trying to force the issue.

Did you know that the word ‘Fair’ is never used in the Bible to describe God’s character? ‘Fair” appears only as a description for beauty. Now “Just” on the other hand is used over 50 times to describe God. When something is fair, it is limited by our own experiences thereby justifying the event/action. When something is just, it is justified by God’s understanding.

God’s justice may not make a lot of sense to us, but know that He makes it all work out in the end, because He has seen it all from beginning to end. “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”, Romans 8:28 NJKV

To close I would like to share a thought in light of Lisette’s wonderful message. There is no place more clear to deal with the issue of justice and fairness than looking to the cross of Calvary. If God were merely fair, was it fair to allow His sinless Son to die for sinful, undeserving people? If ever a man could say, “it’s not fair,” it would have been Jesus Christ. It wasn’t fair for Him to go to the cross for you, or for me. Yet, “While we were yet sinners Christ died for us.” It is to our benefit that He is not fair, because we would all end up in Hell, because there is no one good, no not even one, Jesus said as He spoke to the rich young ruler. “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone, (Mark 10:18).” This man called Jesus good, apart from calling Him God, and only God is good. In civil law, a good judge must punish crime. If he turns a blind eye to injustice, then he is corrupt and he himself should be punished. “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; mercy and truth go before your face” (Psalm 89:14). God is rich in mercy to all that call upon him “But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us…” (Ephesians 2:4). Eternal life is in Jesus Christ, that is why Jesus said, ”He who hears My word and believes on Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life”, (John 5:24). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness, (1 John 1:9).” “We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands, (1 John 2:3).”Until the nets are filled…Blessings, Lisette Rivera & Pastor Phil <

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