“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” — John 1:14 (KJV)
If not for God’s grace, we’d be condemned for our sins.
If not for God’s truth, we’d be left to remain forever in them.
The Church has largely struggled to manage the tension that exists between these two.
On one end of the spectrum, some churches and Christians equate grace with politically correct views that never address sin and avoid confrontation and controversy at all costs.
On the other end of the spectrum, some churches and Christians equate truth with a sledgehammer used to beat people into submission and conformity with their world-view.
What made Jesus so attractive to the people of His day was the insight revealed here in John 1:14—Jesus was full of BOTH grace and truth!
Jesus could tell the woman caught in adultery that He didn’t condemn her (GRACE) yet also instruct her to go and sin no more (TRUTH).
He embraced this tension between the two and He navigated it masterfully in each of His conversations throughout the Gospels.
Jesus clearly understood that extending grace and love towards someone didn’t equate to His approval of their behavior.
So what about us…
As believers, we’re called to follow His example.
As Christians, we’re called to represent Him today here in the Earth.
So let’s too embrace this tension between grace and truth.
Let’s be like Jesus.
If we do, I believe that just like Him, we too can change our world!
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