Many today want only grace and no truth. That is not God’s Way. We are to walk the narrow road of truth by His grace. Both grace and truth work together in balance.
Our adversary would like that we view things in either ditch.
One side is all grace and justifies itself with love for everyone as a free unearned and unmerited gift. It tolerates all things and promotes “positive speak” about tolerating all things in love, happiness, and pleasing thoughts…with an underlining assumption of “do what you will or whatever you desire”……or I’m OK and you’re OK….and all things are relative and there really is no absolute truth….and even to calling the “higher power” by any god name you choose.
The other side in the ditch is legalistic truth and justifies itself in that everyone gets what they deserve based on their thoughts and actions…it is often strict and harsh with no room for forgiveness. It is also signified by condemnation. This no grace ditch usually adds many more man-made laws/rules to be sure everyone knows the boundaries and is fenced in. It’s intention is often to rule over and control people. At best, its’ advocates have thoughts to strictly define bad behavior in order to prevent bad consequences.
Neither ditch is correct. We are to walk the narrow road balanced correctly in both grace and truth. We walk in God’s absolute truth AND by His grace…..offering the same to others along the way.
This matches the Law and Commandments that Yeshua Jesus summarized in Matthew 22: 35-40: “Then one of them, a lawyer, asked, testing Him, and saying, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments hang all the Law and Prophets.”
If we truly love the Lord or God with all our soul, mind and strength, then we will try to walk with Him as He walks in His Laws and Way. We will live in His truth which is the best way for us and it will go well with us. He loves us and shows us what is best. We love Him. We walk in His grace and truth. Now we shine that light out of love and truth, giving opportunity for others to join us. Grace (motivated by love) gives opportunity for all to walk together with Him in His absolute truth and righteousness. Grace (motivated by love) does not give leverage to sin resulting in destruction and death. We are to walk in the light as He is in the light and confess any sin…then fellowship and abiding in Him may continue through His provision of grace and forgiveness.
This is so much easier and logical than it sounds. When a child breaks the father’s house rules, they are expected to say “sorry” and promise to try to not do it again…..and then actually practice on the good rules…for their own good. If day after day, the child continues in the same disobedience without an attitude of repentance…doesn’t the father enforce some sort of discipline because He loves his child and wants the best for him? In the same way, don’t we really expect that if we call ourselves Christian… then we should be living by Christian Biblical standards and principles? Of course! So, why does the language of law, obedience, repentance, and works cause so much offense and trouble? Could it be that the culture we live in practices lawlessness and we find it difficult to separate ourselves from the worldly culture in which we live?
As followers of Yeshua Jesus, we need to learn to walk on the narrow road with Him in both truth and grace…..and be shining lights and salty salt in the world…..practicing in love and grace at following truth and God’s law.