Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Grace and truth

Discipleship requires balancing truth and grace (as a sister in Christ recently explained), but each Christian usually leans too far toward one or the other. If we’re truth tellers we may gush out truth for the benefit of those around us, but they may end up being swept away by the torrent. These truth tellers are sometimes called legalists.

If we’re all about grace, we may spare feelings by never speaking hard truth, but those around us may never know how far they’re wandered. These gracers are sometimes called wimps. But if truth and grace, both good qualities, can cause trouble if unallayed, how do we balance the two?

In Christ. When Jesus came into the world he was “full of grace and truth. . . For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:14, 17). Finding just the right balance between grace and truth may not be easy, but if keep our eyes on Christ, we won’t wander too far out in either direction.

(c) Copyright 2008, A. Milton Stanley


NaNcY said...

right on.

Sista Cala said...

"If we’re all about grace, we may spare feelings.."

Jesus is all about grace but He spared no feelings as He cleansed the temple. If we will just live as He lived, we will be balanced.

Some days/situations/folks are more of a challenge than others... but His grace is truly sufficient.

Milton Stanley said...

Amen, Carla. Glad to hear from you again, and I hope things are going well back in my home state.