Grace AND Truth

grace-without-truth“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” -Eph. 2:8

Isn’t Grace amazing? God’s unmerited favor! Let me ask you something – Are you a GRACE carrier? Do you bring grace to the people around you and the problems you face? Do you receive grace AND do you extend grace?

Jesus was “full of grace and truth” -Jn. 1:14. I like that! Jesus was FULL of grace and truth. We have a problem with that, but Jesus didn’t. There is no conflict between grace and truth in Jesus. But, to be honest, we struggle with that – don’t we?

Watch this, (this is horrible but true) one of the first casualties in the church is often grace. Let’s face it; honesty and transparency are dangerous in a church full of church people. It’s hard to extend grace to people who don’t seem to need it. AND, it’s hard to admit you need it when you aren’t sure you will receive it! So many churches breed this legalistic, critical atmosphere. Honestly, who wants to bring a friend to that?

Of course church can go the other way too. The casualty can be the truth. Our culture is weary of truth. We don’t want absolutes! So in some churches openness, tolerance, and acceptance (of just about anything) is valued above truth. In those churches, no one is a sinner in need of the Savior.

Jesus didn’t have either of those problems. Jesus was “full of grace AND truth”! Jesus didn’t’ come to strike a balance between the two. He did not come to apply one and then the other. Jesus applied them both completely and consistently. Jesus came to embody both! That’s why sinners felt safe with Him and that’s also why the religious people did not.

Is Jesus indwelling me in a way that brings grace and truth to every relationship and every problem I face?

Am I full of grace and truth or just full of myself?

“Father please deliver me from myself and allow me to be a grace carrier in this life! Allow Christ in me to extend grace & truth to others through me.”

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