Truth & Grace
"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.