“Pursue love….”

1 Corinthians 14:1, NIV

      It is not fair!” Sound familiar? If you are a parent you have heard this most basic of human complaints many times coming from the backseat of the car. The cry “It is not fair!” rings in our own minds nearly every day – especially on the expressway!

      People in the world are pursuing fairness. Pursuing fairness is the only natural thing we all seem to do and it is a noble goal. As surprising as it may seem, it was not the primary goal of Jesus. Never once did Jesus exclaim, “Stop treating me that way. It is not fair!” Never once did He say to His disciples, “Be fair” or “Make people be fair.”

      As good as fairness may be or feel, Jesus knew it was not the solution. Fairness is only a stand-off between opposing sides. It is like a truce during a long war or a time-out in a fight. It helps but does not solve. It calms but does not cure. The solution for our world is beyond fairness. The solution is love. Love is a barrier-free relationship not a “stand-off” between equals.

      When Adam and Eve ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they went in pursuit of fairness as a superior solution to the barrier-free relationship they had with God. The Devil convinced them God was not fair in prohibiting the fruit of such a “fair” tree. What a mistake to exchange love for only fair!

      Today will you pursue fair or love? Will you show forgiveness, grace, and mercy like Jesus or will you just be fair? Pursue love even if today is not fair.

QUESTION: Do you think God is working on fairness, or on love in this world? Did Jesus predict His disciples would experience fairness in this world? If life is not fair for you, does God still love you? If someone is not fair toward you, will you love them?