The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. … For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. John 1:14, 17
I’m so glad we live in a free country, and that we recently celebrated 237 years in our quest for independence. I’m even more glad that we have freedom in Christ, freedom to really live, assured that we are completely and unfailingly loved by God. Because we are loved by God, and because His Spirit lives within us, we can have a balance of grace and truth, just like Jesus did on Earth and does still. If we want to live balanced, unstuck, fulfilling lives we must embrace grace and immerse ourselves in truth.
Do you ever feel stuck? Feel like you are learning the same lesson over and over? It’s because, Dallas Willard says, that you have not gotten to the roots or source of why you do what you do. This is where community comes in, a community of close friends or mentors, who can help you figure out what you need to surrender in your life. In order to become unstuck, you need to discover the truth about the behavior – and what things you are seeking first other than the Kingdom – and embrace the grace that God offers. Let God heal you in this area.
Grace gives us forgiveness for others and for yourself, bearing with each other, and loving each other; it is the power of God to work in your lives, to do only what he can do. Ask God for the grace to live, truly live, a Kingdom life, and to change the world around you. Be free to live in truth and grace.
Usually we lean more toward truth or more toward grace. Which way do you lean? What strengths do you have in that? In what areas can you grow? As we grow more toward a balance of truth and grace, we grow closer to God, because we are surrendering more to him, we are remembering his constant, loving presence with us and letting him change us from the inside out.
Let us this week also remember to build up our community relationships. Let us remember to love each other, think the best about each other, confess to each other, pray for each other and remind each other how great God is, and what he is doing in our lives. Let us help each other to live lives free from pretense and free from legalism, be on the journey to being fully free in Christ.
May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you (Romans 16:20). Let me know if you need to talk – or talk to Doug, Noah or Lynn. Freedom!