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Truth & Grace

Posted by Rick Bezet on with 2 Comments

"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."

– John 1:14

        When Michelle and I moved to Arkansas, I said, “Lord, we want to be a church that never compromises your Word. We want to be a church that tells the truth.” I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but when I read the Word, it’s the same now as it was when I gave my heart to the Lord. The truth is the truth is the truth. But where a lot of Christians end up, is that we’re all about truth and have no grace.

Then there are other Christians who are all about grace with no truth. I call it “sloppy agape.” I’ve said this for years, but I’ll say it again: Truth can never be truth without grace, and grace can be nothing like grace without truth. For grace to be grace, it has to have truth, and for truth to be truth, it has to have grace. They work together.

So, where do you tend to lean? Are you heavier on truth? Or do you lean heavily toward grace? How do you know if you have a healthy balance between the two? Here’s an idea:

Be In the Word.

To be full of truth will involve starting with being in the Word every day. It’s not all you do, but you can’t know what God says if you’re not reading what He says. I find the best time to get in the Word is first thing in the morning. That’s when the day is quiet for me. There’s a great Bible app called YouVersion, and it’s free! It has a lot of good Bible reading plans that can even help you remember to read it every day.

Be Filled with the Holy Spirit.

To be full of grace is to be filled with the presence of God, the Holy Spirit. Are you getting filled with the Holy Spirit? It’s not hard to do! All it involves is asking Him to fill you with His presence. Make room for Him in your heart. Invite Him in. You’ll be glad you did.

When you find that balance, when you are able to walk in and share God’s truth while carrying it in grace, it will change you! And you may even start to notice the world around you changing, as well.

Tags: grace, truth


Nenita Zafe Haas August 12, 2015 6:45am

Thank you Pastor Rick for such reminder about truth and grace.I do read the one year Bible. I love it. Praise God for all the blessings.

Lori Norwood September 6, 2015 5:09pm

Pastor Rick, I just want to tell you that when I get these emails and post from Facebook and your messages it is always gives me what I need to hear when i need to need it the most. I was raised in a independent fundamental Baptist church, my grandpa was a preacher and just about all my family serves at church in one way or the other so I was raised in a "fear based" religion and since I have been at NLC I have I learned more than I did for 43 years.
We lost our 35 year old son last year and pastor Stockdale came to the hospital several times and even drove to Clarksville to handle the service. Nlc also sent care packages and kept us in prayer. I even met you at the airport in atlanta, I was getting on the tram and there you were, you told me to walk with you and you prayed over me walking to our planes. Two weeks ago I found out my niece and 35 yr old daughter were molested by my dad and Mimi Ghormley is seeing me to get me truly free from all of the pain and teaching me about freedom prayer so i can heal and walk with God. I am so torn as to how to to handle all of this. I know that I would not be here today if God had not sent you and Michelle to Ar. I like to think it was all for me..lol but I know for sure it was God's plan all the way around. Please continue to pray for my family it has been really rough but God has provided and through it all we are ok.
I just want to say thank you for being our pastor and following God's calling.
Last weekend I asked my son, Levi Gilbert, how I could become a member of NLC and he told me nothing you already are one. I have rededicated my life to God and am excited to find out what He has planned for me.
Lori Norwood