Grace & Truth

There are two great qualities in short supply in the world today: grace and truth. A society that is increasingly polarized and hostile extends precious little grace to one another. There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when differences were cause for debate rather than division.

Truth also seems to be in short supply. Where can we find factual, objective information? Media outlets largely have a responsibility to their corporate owners and interests rather than truth.

Thankfully, both grace and truth are found in abundance in and through God's Son: "And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth ... For of His fullness we have all received, and grace upon grace. For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were realized through Jesus Christ." (John 1.14,16-17)

Grace is defined as unmerited favor. Who doesn't want that? Wouldn't it be great to received by everyone we encounter with undeserved favor; to be loved and liked just because people have a disposition to feel that way about us? The good news is that we find exactly that by God, through Jesus.

And we also find "the whole truth" in Him. Not shaded and jaded commentary on truth, but the real deal. Liberating truth. A no holds barred revelation of everything our Father wants us to know. All the facts pertaining to life and a God-pleasing life (2 Peter 1.3)

We've got it all in Christ. Full favor and facts. Abundant acceptance and forgiveness. The whole story; no details lacking.

As recipients of this abundant grace and truth, maybe we ought to extend it to others. The world becomes a better place through people of grace and truth, as we await the great kingdom of grace and truth at the coming of Christ.

©Steve Taylor, 2017 --Used by permission

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