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Matthew 20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
Truth be told, we all are easily caught up in defining fairness in our relationships. Who among us hasn’t glanced over the neighbor’s fence at the shiny new car, or compared salaries, or questioned a colleague’s promotion? When fairness becomes merely a metric to measure how we stack up against the next person, it loses its transformative power. And we remember why there’s a commandment about covetousness.
By God’s standard, fairness is about treating others the way God treats us. It’s about realizing that God loves everyone in all of creation in the same way that God loves you—and then acting like you really believe in the truth of that love.
MOVING FORWARD: Go beyond fairness today. Give a gift of love and encouragement to someone who might not have earned it, but always deserves it.