When a child says to a parent, “That’s not fair!” The parent’s response could be simple: “Really? Do you know what is fair? Hell is fair.”
When we complain to God about anything, we need to stop our grumbling which is sin and remember: “Hell is fair. Hell is what we deserve.”
No one who gets a speeding ticket ever says to the judge, “Give me justice for my speeding!”
No, instead, a person says to the judge, “Give me mercy for my speeding!”
Mercy is not getting what you deserve. In the speeding ticket scenario above, a person deserves to pay the fine but mercy would be the receipt of a warning only.
For all of us – you and I – who are born as sinners (Rom. 3:23), we are without excuse (Rom. 1) and we cry out to God, “Please save us and give us mercy! Forgive us of our sins and trespasses through Jesus Christ alone!”
God’s grace is to give us what give us what we don’t deserve – eternal life.
God’s mercy is to NOT give us what we do deserve – hell.
Hell is fair. Heaven is a gift.
-Mark (thankful that God’s wrath was poured out upon Jesus on the Cross and that Christians who trust only in Christ will NEVER see the wrath of God!)