How Unfair Verdicts Will Make You Understand Imperfection

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Daily Reading: Psalms 58 GW; 2 Samuel 4-6 GW

Imperfect people make unfair verdicts.

Everyone is imperfect.  Not one human being on earth is without blemish.  Selfishness is a characteristic we all share.  Trying to make a fair assessment devoid of any bias is impossible.  God knows, everyone’s default is thinking of themselves first. 

My husband and I have a long-standing joke we share.  Who gets the largest portion at dinner?  Whenever I’m dishing out meals, I always try to give him more.  Making the servings entirely even is impossible; someone always gets a little extra.  In my selfishness, I want more.  But as a way to practice putting Ron first, I give him the extra bite.  

Putting someone else’s needs before our own isn’t natural.  Mothers appear to do this effortlessly with their children.  But for most people, others first living is a battle.  God knows, without Jesus, we can’t truly put ourselves second.  Our selfish desires always get in the way.

God isn’t biased.

God’s assessment is always fair.  Selfishness is not part of who He is.  Where human judgment fails, God doesn’t.  However, you may not agree with His decision at the time.  Many times in life, God’s actions make no sense to us.  We’re not supposed to understand everything.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” (Isaiah 55:8 NIV)

Where humans fail, God doesn’t.  Even unfair verdicts we receive from imperfect people, God can and will use for the good.  Somehow, someway, God uses everything in His Divine story.

When faced with imperfection, choose grace.  Take the unfair verdict to the true ruler, God.  Ask Him for understanding; seek God for solace.  Forgive the person; trust that the story isn’t over.  God’s working, somehow, some way.


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Lord, thank You for Your fairness.  We’re grateful; You aren’t selfish.  Forgive us for our selfishness.  Forgive us for judging others unfairly, condemning them when we don’t have all the facts.  Remind us today; we’re not perfect either.  Everyone we meet is doing the best they can with what they have.  Give us extra grace when an imperfect person’s decision impacts us negatively.  Today, no matter what the situation, let us lead with love.  Every person we meet, let us love them well, just as you love us.  IJNIP. Amen

Question for reflection

Who do you need extra grace for today?

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