I love the truth: The truth sets you free.
The truth keeps you from believing a lie.
The belt of truth keeps your pants from falling down.
Jesus is the truth. I love the truth!
And since the truth is the so important I fight for it. Guess that’s why most of the words that come out of my mouth involve the proper handling of the truth: Correction, judgement, guidance, admonishment. The truth at work! I am by nature, what Pastorhoney preached on this weekend at Friendship, a High Truther. If the truth is the truth then why wouldn’t I be? I mean who wants to be a liar, isn’t that the opposite of a truther? I once asked a group of women that same question, but I said it like this, “Would you rather be made aware of an area of sin in your life or live in blissful ignorance?” Being a truther I assumed they all would choose to see themselves for who they really were, so I was shocked when over half of them screamed, “Blissful ignorance!” What??? “You may as well have said, “I prefer to be lied to,”” I told them. Ah, discipleship at its best! I have a way with kindness don’t I? Fortunately God is in the business of change, and as a truth teller He’s been hard at work on me.
So, something Michael said this weekend really made sense to this truth obsessed mind, he said we must grow in the truth that we must grow in grace. In all my truth telling years, I have never considered the fact that grace is a truth that we all must live in. In fact, grace is the biggest truth of the gospel. It is the truth behind the cross, how could I have missed it? How could I have pushed grace aside as an affront to truth? How could I have thought that the truth was too important to be trifled with by grace? When I heard Michael say that the Bible defends the truth of amazing grace it suddenly clicked for me, grace isn’t in opposition to the truth it is truth, and the truth is that in an attempt to elevate truth I have been hard myself in expecting perfection and when you are hard on yourself you are hard on others.
This grace discussion has been going on in our house for a few years now, in fact Michael wrote a book on living in a House of Grace, and that greatly impacted how we live on the mission of grace in community, but still I learnt something this weekend that brought me a step closer to the amazing grace of the Father. I pray that in this stepping towards Him I will embrace the truth while resting in the biggest truth of all, that his grace is sufficient and his power is made perfect in my failure to not always obey the truth, and in the failure of others as well.
Are you a high truther? Or does grace come easier to you? Can’t wait to hear about the high grace people next weekend, as we draw closer to the fullness of Christ which is both 100% truth and 100% grace. If you want to hear more from Michael on the Cult of Personality you can listen at https://vimeo.com/223979471 and https://vimeo.com/224852996
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14)
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