Truth and Grace: Meeting in the Middle
\\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.//
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