Posted: July 23, 2016
Harvest Bible Chapel is known in our community as a group of people committed to contending for the truth of the Gospel and Jesus. Unfortunately, this is increasingly rare among American Christianity. Amid this strength, we must also remember the other half of truth—grace. John 1:14 states, “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.” A healthy follower of Jesus is one who lives out truth and grace. It is not one or the other, but both. Jesus was perfectly both truth and grace, and He is the One whom we strive to reflect.
I’ll never forget the testimony of Josh McDowell, an evangelist who is dedicated to defending the truth of the Gospel. As an unbeliever in college, he would regularly engage a group of "Jesus freaks" and challenge their beliefs. Instead of responding demeaningly or pridefully, they would lovingly share the truth with Josh and show genuine love for each other. Josh eventually surrendered to Jesus as a result of the truth and grace these students displayed.
Our love and grace for one another is imperative as we follow Jesus and shine His light to our world. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” It is not how many friends we have, but the quality of friendship we have for one another. Our genuine, family-like love for each other as Christians combined with the truth of God’s Word is a powerful testimony to our unsaved family, neighbors, and friends.
How is your love for other believers? Do you look at them as family in the Lord or simply fellow churchgoers? Are you laying down your own desires to meet theirs? When people watch your interactions with your church family, do they see a love that is not of this world? Truth and grace: that is who Jesus is. May it be who we are as well.