Balancing Grace And Truth, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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John 1:14, “And the Word became 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”

In the world , there is a constant search for “truth”. Somebody said, there is nothing as powerful as “truth“, I agree. If it’s that powerful and has such a great weight, why has it been soiled? In courts we hear, “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, nothing but the truth,” but many of the testimonies are a pack of lies as they discover later. Don’t we all hate dealing with liars? what they say, it’s hard to extract some truth. Their lies may appear to be truth. Liars can never be trusted and we all know that. Standing for the truth may often times call for you to stand alone. To be honest, facing the truth in the eye is not easy, it reveals what you don’t want to see, hear or deal with. It’s easier to live a lie and in denial than to live a truthful life. The only difference is a lie almost always needs another lie to cover it until it backfires. On the other hand, the truth stands without blinking, compromising or bending. In our day where people make truth what they want it to be, where will absolute truth come from? I am not married to my truth, if I find or someone points me to the scriptures to show me where I missed telling the truth, I will abandon what I embraced and embrace the truth of God’s word. This is why it’s important to study the word which goes beyond feelings and experiences we may elevate on the same level with God’s word. I have seen a lot of messes done in the name of the Lord through feelings and experiences which were contrary to the Word of God and it was embraced because someone believed God told them. We are going to have to ask ourselves some tough questions, do we want truth or do we want our ears tickled by what we want to hear.

Truth does not change its stand to accommodate your needs, either you are for it or against it. David says in Psalm 138:2, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; FOR YOU HAVE MAGNIFIED YOUR WORD ABOVE ALL YOUR NAME” WOW, The Lord has magnified His truthful word above His name.

John 1:14 tells us about Jesus the “Word” becoming flesh and dwelling among us. I am fascinated by the fact that Jesus had to come on the face of the earth as a Man yet not losing His status as “God”. We understand that you cannot redeem what you are not related to. This is one side. Here is another side I see, in the Old testament, failing to live by the truth called for heavy punishment. And being that God never brought Himself to the level of a man to fully understand the nature of man, Jesus had to come. This is why I believe when we pray in “Jesus name”, Jesus presents our case to the Father by saying something like this, “I know how it feels to be tempted, to go without, to lose someone, to be mocked etc., let my grace prevail. Therefore He sends Jesus to experience what man experiences. This is where I see a balance, the Bible says He came full of GRACE and TRUTH. If the truth had a final say in our lives, we would all be in trouble. Thank God for GRACE.

The attributes of grace are love, kindness, gentleness, patience, mercy, forgiveness, peace and joy. Righteousness, holiness, wrath, justice are all summed up in one word, truth. We need to understand that God is a God of grace but also the God of truth. If you thought grace replaced the truth, I’m sorry to disappoint you. Jesus came full of both grace and truth. In our time we teach and preach more “grace” than “truth”, we can tell that grace has been taken to the extreme, denying the truth to have a say.

It is hard to confront people with truth for fear of hurting their feelings and withdrawing. Speaking the truth may make you feel like you know it all and better than the person who is receiving it. As mentioned, Jesus had a balance on both. For instant, when He met the Samaritan woman at the well, He spoke truth and grace. Both are on different sides but work well if applied correctly. Ephesians 4:15, “but, speaking the truth in love”. How easy it is to speak the truth and leave someone wounded and broken; Speaking the truth to expose without caring, speaking the truth to show you are right. Paul in writing added an element of “love” in speaking the truth. This is what I call, speaking the truth in grace. Truth should be seasoned with grace. Confronting not with an aim to destroy but to reveal then heal.

Truth dwells on faults and weakness, it’s more of a now thing, grace senses potential in a person, it sees far beyond the faults. The Samaritan woman had to know the truth and the truth did hurt but grace saw far beyond and gave her a chance to become what she was not. Truth sometimes might break us but then we have to follow it up with grace to heal. To continue Evans

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