Grace & Truth, not Truth & Grace

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.  (John 1:14)

Jesus was full of grace and truth.  I believe that God was very specific when He had John write grace and truth. He uses the same pattern in John 1:17.  It’s important to realize that it’s not truth and grace.  Humanity needs both grace and truth.

Unfortunately many Christians are full of truth but low on grace.  They love the truth, or at least their version of the truth.  Our truth should always line up with the person of Jesus.  If your “truth” doesn’t line up with the nature and character of Jesus then your truth isn’t truth.  If your truth isn’t wrapped up in grace, then it’s not truth.

Jesus gives people grace and truth.  Truth without grace can be damaging as much as it can be helpful.  grace

Truth is best served on a platter of grace. (Tweet this)

When we lead our lives with grace by showing people that we care and love them, then we can speak truth more easily.  Truth has to be received, but it is received much easier when we know that someone cares for us.  When we lead off with grace then truth has a better path to travel on.

Jesus always gave grace and He always spoke the truth.  But He never spoke truth in order to damage or devastate anyone.  The truth He spoke was always meant to set people free.

Grace without truth will result in complete disorder and people casting off restraints.  It would result in an anything goes mentality.  Truth without grace results in fundamentalism and legalism.

James Emory White wrote, “We need grace because we need acceptance and forgiveness.  We need truth because we need life-change and direction.”

Whenever you speak truth today, be sure to serve it up on a platter of grace.

3 Comments On “Grace & Truth, not Truth & Grace”

  1. Well said!!! We ALL need grace! Just heard a story where a youth director messed up and spoke harshly with the kids. The parents were upset so the pastor said he would handle it like Jesus would. They thought the pastor would fire him. Instead he extended grace and forgiveness just like Jesus!
    This youth director was so blessed yet humbled and broken but learned a huge lesson. Grace heals and forgiveness offers second chances. And that is what we all need.
    This blog is a keeper!

  2. John

    Thank you Michael!

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