Grace versus truth?
A lot of Christians struggle with the tension of grace and truth. We want people to know that Jesus loves them. On the other hand, we know the Bible says you can’t do whatever you want. God makes the rules.
Christians cover a wide spectrum. On one end of the extreme, you find judgy, finger-pointing lovers of the law. They’re not afraid to proclaim their disgust of society’s sin, even with megaphones at sporting events. On the other end, you find the arms-open, “live-however-you-want” Christians. They’re perfectly content with lifestyles that are not God’s will for his people. It’s shocking that both groups somehow believe in the same God and read the same Bible.
You may not fall on one extreme or the other. Maybe you flop back and forth like me. I can be judgmental and unloving in one conversation, and in the next conversation I sacrifice God’s truth to avoid discomfort.
John 1:14 says, “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Jesus embodied grace and truth simultaneously. In order to walk in grace and truth like Jesus did, we must realize they aren’t separate or contradictory. Truth flows from grace, and vice versa.
Grace makes truth more beautiful and meaningful, and vice versa. And not ironically, in order to keep growing in your ability to exude both grace and truth, you yourself are going to need continual grace and truth.
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