“Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven” (Colossians 4:1, NLT).

Life isn’t fair! We all learn that at an early age, don’t we? If we expect most things we encounter in life to be unfair, we won’t be too disappointed. Even though I know this, sometimes unfairness can still take me by surprise.

In this verse, Paul advised Christian masters to be just and fair to their slaves and to remember they also had a Master in heaven. Even though slavery itself isn’t fair (it’s evil), because of the fairness of God, anyone in a position over someone has the responsibility to be kind and considerate to him or her. Because God is fair to us, we must remember to treat others fairly.