On this blog, since I have discovered my mandate and calling to preach the Gospel in light of Grace and Truth, I have come to realise just how challenging that can be. It is so very hard to speak the truth without meeting the accusation that I have been ungracious, even when my blog title is “Grace and Truth”. The fact is people love grace!!! Give them grace, grace and more grace, and hold the truth! If you try to tell them the truth, they will tell you that you do not understand grace! Come on, People!!!
It is Grace AND Truth! It isn’t Grace OR Truth, or Grace IS Truth… Grace has not replaced the Truth! Grace is not the alternative to the Truth! Grace and Truth is a wonderfully holy combination that reveals to us the love and wisdom of God! Without Truth, Grace is wicked! And without Grace, Truth is foolish. Truth cannot be understood apart from Grace, and Grace cannot be appreciated apart from Truth. They are inseparable, such that without one, you cannot claim to have the other!
As a Christian Blogger, I feel a bit disadvantaged because of the type of things I choose to write about. They are things that require critical thought and discernment, and will often offend those who love truth but hate grace, or those who hate the truth but love grace. It is a rare thing to find someone who appreciates the special and beautiful combination that is Grace and Truth!
Most Christian bloggers ride on Grace! That road has lots of traffic. Talk about Jesus dying for the sins of men, and you will find a lot of people who love your post. Talk about Jesus loving you no matter what you have done or what you do. Plenty of love and following there too. Talk about the Disciple’s Cross, and they start to walk away. They didn’t come for that… Talk about Hell, and you’ve lost the whole lot, except for a special few, and those truth lovers who think Grace is a spirit from the Devil!
But somebody has to speak the whole truth… And sometimes, it calls for emphasising on Grace. And other times it calls for emphasising on Truth. And still other times, it is learning how to preach both in perfect balance. But you can’t have one without the other…
It is a thin line where Grace and Truth meet and bind. Jesus walked that thin line, and I am following Him. I will offend many, like He did. I will gain a few who are attracted by grace, thinking that all they will get from me is encouragement and not chastisement. And I will lose many followers with my firm stance on holding to the true doctrine that Christ and His disciples preached, which called for men to repent, and declared that all who name the name of Christ MUST depart from iniquity!
Have I lost you???
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