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The Balance of Grace and Truth

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14

It is always a balancing act…the balance between extending grace so much that it ignores truth and holding too tightly to truth that there is no room for grace.

Have you ever struggled with that balance?

Jesus came full of both…grace and truth…the perfect balance…and that should be our goal as we strive to be like Him…full of both grace and truth…

Sometimes we extend grace to the point that we enable people to continue making bad decisions. Other times we give up too quickly on someone because they crossed the legal lines.

Where’s the balance?

This passage of wisdom from Ecclesiastes has often helped shape my thoughts on this subject:

In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these:
a righteous man perishing in his righteousness,
and a wicked man living long in his wickedness.

Do not be overrighteous,
neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?

Do not be overwicked,
and do not be a fool—
why die before your time?

It is good to grasp the one
and not let go of the other.
The man who fears God will avoid all extremes .
Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 NIV

I don’t have it figured out…but reflecting on this passage helps keep my heart in check from ignoring either grace or truth.

Which of these two could you be holding on to too tightly?

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Ron Edmondson is a pastor and church leader passionate about planting churches, helping established churches thrive, and assisting pastors and those in ministry think through leadership, strategy and life. Ron has over 20 years business experience, mostly as a self-employed business owner, and he's been helping churches grow vocationally for over 10 years.