Pastor Dave's Thoughts. . .
Read Matthew 20 today.
This chapter includes Jesus' parable about the workers in the vineyard. While each worked differing amounts, the landowner decided to pay each the same amount. Those who had worked the hardest or longest declared this to be unfair.
They are correct. It isn't fair. Mercy and grace are not about being fair. They are about the choice of the one with authority to exercise the option to change the relationship between what one deserves and what one receives. With mercy, one does not receive that which is deserved. With grace, one receives that which is not deserved. Mercy and grace are integral to the Kingdom of God. It is not fair that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. But it is good.
Matthew 20:9-12 NIV
"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius.  So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius.  When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.  `These men who were hired last worked only one hour,' they said, `and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.