DOES HAVING GRACE REQUIRE US TO OVERLOOK TRUTH?
I must be completely honest, lately I’ve felt like I’ve been on a seesaw and on one side rides grace and the other truth and a complicated decision on which principle to primarily live my life. It’s a much harder decision than it seems or it seemed that way until I read John 1:17 which says:
“For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.“
What I found odd was that the New Living Translation worded the scripture this way:
“For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ.“
To me grace and truth are not the same as unfailing love and faithfulness, so it begged the question which one is it? I looked up the verse in the original language to the very best of my ability. My conclusion is that the New King James Version holds true to the original meaning of this scripture and so it begged another question. If Jesus was both Grace and Truth, how did He live both of those principles out in His reality at the time?
The perfect illustration of this balance between Grace and Truth was the incident in the courtyard where the adulteress was about to be stoned to death. The Pharisees were attempting to trap Jesus speaking against the Law of Moses in order to have him arrested but Jesus boldly spoke the truth to them when he said “He who is without sin cast the first stone”. The truth of His words penetrated the conscience of the people who were trying to hold onto their position rather than the truth the Jesus was the promised Messiah.
In that same moment He turned to the woman who had sinned and demonstrated His Grace when He said to her “neither do I condemn you, now go and sin no more”.
So, on my seesaw of Grace and Truth the answer is to stand in the middle between them so you can lean to either side depending on the circumstances because that’s exactly what Jesus did.
My encouragement to you today is not to be afraid to speak the truth or to show someone Grace because in reality both are Gracious.