And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth(John 1:14 NASB).
When we minister to people, what sets them free? The Bible says, “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”(John 8:32 NASB). Yes, ultimately it is truth that sets us free, but truth without grace does not work. Most people cannot accept the truth unless grace leads them to it. Truth without grace leads to a despondent and wounded soul. Grace without truth enables a personal to continue in their sin. Neither of these by itself is productive and does not lead to spiritual freedom. By nature, some of us are truth-sayers and some of us are grace-givers. Grace nor truth is the total answer in all situations. If Jesus ministered in the perfect balance between grace and truth, should we not follow this pattern? So, truth-sayers and grace-givers recognize you need each other.
Pray with me. Lord, help me to minister in a balance between grace and truth. What I lack in each of these, thank you for the people you supply to help me in these areas. I pray this in Jesus’ name.
Ken Barnes – The author of “The Chicken Farm and Other Sacred Places” YWAM Publishing