By: Craig Mercer
September 3rd, 2021
The words grace and truth carry tremendous realities. However, they are often flattened and reduced to nice-sounding truisms. Our familiarity with the terms can potentially cause us to miss out on the robust, life-giving, and perspective-altering realities they were intended to convey. What we value shapes our priorities, and our priorities (1) influence our practice.
For example, it is important to note that grace often makes us uncomfortable when the truth is our primary value. Conversely, truth makes us uncomfortable when grace is our primary value. If we're not careful, we can find ourselves in either of these ditches. Our call is not to divorce nor elevate either, but to embrace both as equally resplendent and vital for lasting change and understanding how to see and engage God and others. Let us begin by exploring what grace and truth are and then how these characteristics of God should shape our perspective and practice. (2)