This morning I was reading in John chapter 1, where the apostle says, this of Jesus,
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Both grace and truth are essential. Without truth, the unbeliever does not see the need for salvation. Without grace, the unbeliever does not see the hope of salvation. Without truth, Christians will lack guidance and courage. Without grace, Christians will lack compassion and love.
Imagine a mountain path that goes near a cliff, with people periodically falling off and severely injuring themselves. What is the solution? Truth sees the solution as placing warning signs near the cliff’s edge. That does some good, but it does not give help those who fall off the cliff. Grace has a different solution—it places paramedics and ambulances at the bottom of the cliff. That also does some good, but it fails to warn people of the danger to prevent hurtful disasters.
The solution is both warning signs and medical care—both grace and truth are necessary. Grace without truth deceives people. Those of us who are more truth-oriented need to hold on to the truth while growing in and offering grace. We who are more grace-oriented need to hold on to grace while growing in and affirming the truth.
Pray that the Lord would empower you to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, understanding and living His word (2 Peter 3:18). In doing so, you will become more like our Lord, more able to live and love in grace and truth.