Truth and Grace: Meeting in the Middle

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\\Finding the middle ground between grace and truth is mystery to me.
It’s an awkward tension I don’t think our culture has quite figured out yet. When it comes to controversial, confrontational, or disagreeable things, we can be all truth and no grace. Yet at the same time, we can err on the side of grace, forgiveness and sympathy and leave out the lifegiving, chain breaking, truth part. I for one, am the latter; wanting everybody to get along, make peace, and sing kumbaya. I tend to want to leave the hard truth part out or atleast sugar coat it to make it easier to swallow.

Is it possible to stand in the middle of these two extremes? Can we be full of truth AND grace at the same time?

As much as I want to shake my head is disbelief because it’s hard, I know I’ve seen it. Experienced it.

I think about the people that have shown me BOTH at the same time and I see a common denominator: love that is selfless and for the good of man and the glory of God.

When we truly love someone, we should desire the best life for them—which isn’t found in bondage. We should want to tell them the whole truth, because truth is the thing that actually sets people free. When we love someone, we should also empathize with them. As we administer truth, we can give them grace because we see ourselves in their struggle and know how hard it is to let go of things in our own lives. Grace is needed too, for it is the undeserved kindness and favor that helps keep us free.

This whole “meet in the middle” of grace and truth concept still overwhelms me, but I think it starts with this: honestly loving each other. When we love, we put others first. When we think about their lives, their hearts and well being, we can’t help but want the absolute best for them. And when we operate from the lens of love, maybe the middle ground won’t seem so impossible.//

**This post is a part of a weekly link up called Five Minute Friday where you are given a word prompt and five minutes ( or more) to free write! Join the party every Friday over at Kate Motaung’s blog!**

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  1. Lisa

    I absolutely agree. Love is the key to living a life of truth and grace. Love is the key to most things in life.

    19 . May . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Lisa,
      It’s so true! Thank you for stopping by! I really did enjoy your post about truth!

      19 . May . 2017
  2. Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

    Love this post. It is so overwhelming for me as well. I’m learning every day how to be a Shalom Sista – peacemaker, lover of humans, teller of truth. I think it may be a lifelong journey in learning. Sending love, friend. xoxo #fmf

    19 . May . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Carolina,
      I love that, “Shalom Sista!” I think you’re right–It takes a lifetime to learn it from Jesus. I love you friend! <3

      20 . May . 2017
      • Carolina Hinojosa-Cisneros

        Love you!

        20 . May . 2017
  3. Lesley

    Great reflections here! The balance between grace and truth is something I have been thinking about a lot and it is such a hard balance to get right. I tend to lean towards grace as well but I also see that truth is important. I think you’re right that being motivated by love is the key and if we really love someone that involves telling them the truth. Visiting from FMF#12.

    19 . May . 2017
    • Kaitlin

      Lesley,
      It is truly such a hard balance. I’m glad we’re all trying to grapple with how Christ wants us to live with the tension of both. Thank goodness for His faithfulness to keep teaching and showing us! Thank you for stopping by!!

      20 . May . 2017

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