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.
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.