"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).
Jesus is full of grace and truth. He is not full of all grace but no truth. Nor is He full of all truth but no grace. Jesus is full of grace and truth.
To have all grace and no truth would be hypocrisy; to have all truth but no grace would be harsh.
- If a person or church has all grace but lacks the truth of the Bible, hypocrisy will result. Things that are contrary to the truth will become more and more acceptable because of all the grace. This could very easily lead to false teachings and false doctrines, as well as a cover up for sin. If we reject truth for sensationalism, it could result in a liberal church and ultimately destruction. Sensationalists say that what they feel, what works for them, what seems compelling - that is their truth and they claim an absolute right to it. We must not say "I feel led" to do this or that, if our feeling isn't confirmed and deeply rooted with the truth of scripture. It is important to seek God's Word for the truth, not feelings. We must not have viewpoints that suit our desires, but that suit the desires of the "Spirit of Truth", the Holy Spirit. 2 Timothy 4:3 explains, "for the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths".
- On the contrary, if a person or church is all Truth but no grace, it might be brutal. They could scare a person or congregation away. Use the truth of God's Word and do not compromise it, but be gracious as well. Grace is defined as the exercise of love, kindness, mercy, favor; disposition to benefit or serve another; favor bestowed or privilege conferred; the divine favor toward man; the mercy of God, as distinguished from His justice; also, any benefits His mercy imparts; divine love or pardon; a state of acceptance with God; enjoyment of the divine favor. Colossians 4:6 says, "let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone."
The Holy Spirit is called the Spirit of Truth. "But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come" (John 16:13).
Jesus is full of grace and truth. How important it is to be full of grace and truth. Don't compromise the truth, and don't compromise grace either; use both.