Grace and Truth

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” (Ephesians 4:14-16)

Too much grace is enabling. Too little grace is legalism.

If giving grace was easy, there wouldn’t be a need for recovery. Unless we avoid life, we are all going to have to give and receive grace at some point in our lives. Some of us, who struggle with codependency, find it difficult knowing when to allow someone to face the consequences of their behavior. We offer too much grace. Others of us who are more on the selfish end of the spectrum tend to be less inclined to give grace. We have difficulty forgiving others.

A part of the recovery process is learning to be somewhere in the middle when it comes to grace. The key to true Christian recovery is to integrate both grace and truth into life, imitating the character of Christ. We learn we can’t let people have a pass on violating our boundaries. We also learn we have to forgive them while, at the same time, letting them know they have overstepped our boundaries.

When Christ gives us grace, He also gives us truth. This is reflected in the Scriptures when He would heal someone and then tell them “go and sin no more.”  Grace is given to us freely with a measure of truth. With grace, we are convicted. We learn to move towards the middle of the spectrum between too much grace and too little grace.

 

Written by James Miller

Thank you Father God for giving us a wonderful safe place to learn about your grace and your truth. With forgiveness, I can now be set free from the bondage of resentment and legalism. Help me to give the same grace and truth that has been given to me. Help me to love others as you love me. Amen.

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