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For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and wrongdoing. In my faithfulness I will reward my people.

— Isaiah 61:8 (NIV)
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When It Isn’t Fair

Adapted from the resource Strength for Each Day - by Joyce Meyer 2 MIN READ

When we feel we have been mistreated, the next step is usually anger and then bitterness. This is especially true if the situation is not resolved to our satisfaction. Maybe the offending party won’t admit they were wrong, or perhaps they blame you for their behavior. If you are a Christian, you will know that according to God’s Word, He expects you to forgive the person or people who abused or mistreated you. That’s when our soul screams, “It isn’t fair!”

I won’t argue about what is or isn’t fair. I can only say that a great deal that happens in life isn’t fair, but the good news is that we love and serve a God who loves justice. This means that if we are obedient to Him, He will make wrong things right in due time. Being expected to forgive someone who has hurt us and perhaps won’t apologize or take responsibility for what they’ve done does feel unfair, but that is exactly what God commands us to do. Why? Because when we forgive, we are not doing our enemies a favor; we are doing ourselves a favor.

As long as we hang on to resentment, anger, and bitterness, we are tormented. In reality, we are allowing the one who hurt us to continue hurting us until we finally let go of the situation and trust God to make it right. For your own sake, if you have anything against anyone, please release it, let it go, and forgive as God has forgiven you.

Prayer of the Day: Father help me forgive those who have hurt me, and help me to pray for and bless them as You command me to do. I choose to trust You to bring justice in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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